Others, meanwhile, seem to have taken a stance more akin to Jonathan Barnes, who says:
I don't believe that professional philosophy has much to offer non-philosophers on non-philosophical matters. Why should it have?
Personally, philosophy and philosophical thinking have shaped my life greatly, and continue to do so. But when I consider participating in it as a formal discipline, I'm left wondering whether doing so can have any meaningful impact on the world. What is the present relationship of philosophy as an academic discipline to the world at large? Are there concrete, tangible ways that philosophy can be seen to impact people other than philosophers?
Some potential examples:
- Do businesses or legal firms consult philosophers on matters of ethics?
- What recent political movements find their basis in a particular philosophical school?
- Could the current direction of one or more sciences be said to be influenced by a particular philosophical bent?
- Are there are any signs that philosophy itself as a social movement is happening somewhere around the world to any sustainable degree?
The best answer will effectively summarise the "current state of affairs" across as many different aspects of society as possible.