I always viewed philosophy to be dead after the arrival of modern science. The last great philosopher in metaphysics was Kant, I believe the others who followed him were made irrelevant by the positivist movement. I believe this probably isn't true however, and this ignorant opinion of mine comes from the fact I can't find a good source of information from contemporary philosophers doing research in philosophical hot spots so to speak. Could you recommend a good book, journal or website where I can keep track of all of the interesting questions in epistemology, metaphysics and whatnot?

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    The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a great resource and might be a good place to start. – Eliran Feb 20 '19 at 0:03
  • Boy, do you need an update on the positivist movement and its aftermath before catching up to current developments. That has been obsolete since 1950-s. Zammito's Nice Derangement of Epistemes should at least get you up to 1990-s. – Conifold Feb 20 '19 at 1:09
  • Good luck with finding anyone in academia working at the cutting edge. You could try Plato and Aristotle, Anyone who asks themselves a metaphysical question is immediately working at the cutting edge of academic philosophy. . . – user20253 Feb 20 '19 at 10:34

Science certainly never killed philosophy. Many would argue that they complement each other.

Keeping up with the "latest in the cutting edge" in philosophy is probably very difficult.

How do you define "cutting edge"? There could be philosophers who have some brilliant ideas but haven't been discovered by academia. It's possible that academia is deliberately ignoring or snubbing others, as philosophy has been infiltrated by propagandists, similar to science.

On top of that, philosophy is such a vast, complex field, how can any one person get a handle on what's already been philosophized?

I find it more convenient to break philosophy up into various topics (e.g. truth, lying or justice), some of which interest me more than others. I then focus on one topic and try to learn what philosophers have written about that particular topic. What are the most recent books and articles about that topic? Are there any individuals who are considered experts on it?

But keeping tabs on the whole of philosophy is more daunting. I doubt that there's any reputable philosophy clearinghouse, nor would I likely trust anyone who claims to be such a source. You can monitor websites as well as the news to get some idea of what's going on. I just learned about an anonymous stoic philosopher who has garnered 65,000 fans on Twitter.

In other news, I learned that philosophers are taking a hard look at black holes - something they can hardly do without the help of science. And Kim Kardashian is apparently enrolled in law school. I don't know how that showed up on a search for news about philosophy, but it sounds like another kind of black hole to me.

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  • I remember I read a popular encyclopedia on philosophy, but most articles focused on really old philosophers and I didn't find them very interesting. I can't seem to find an author as interesting as Kant. I remember Wittgenstein was a really smart philosopher, but I don't think he made any significant contribution to metaphysics. He did have a lot of interesting ideas though. – repomonster Feb 20 '19 at 0:15
  • Philosophers who intrigue me include Socrates, Spinoza, Rousseau and that French existentialist (can't think of his name at the moment). But it will be a long time before I can really understand what they were all about. Keep in mind that political science is actually half science, half philosophy, and political philosophy is REALLY a can of worms. There's a physicist who claims he has developed an equation that more or less debunks most conspiracy theories. – David Blomstrom Feb 20 '19 at 0:31
  • He has nearly 99,000 followers now. – Bread Feb 20 '19 at 1:05
  • Wow, either he's one hot philosopher or he's getting some extra help in the promotions department - something the social networks are noted for. ;) – David Blomstrom Feb 20 '19 at 1:19

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