Philosophy (and its equivalents, as in parts of literary, critical and cultural studies) is distinguished from other disciplines by a more dedicated focus on theory. Many view philosophy's self-exemption from ‘real world’ empirical testing as a non-issue or even an advantage, in allowing philosophy to focus on logically necessary truths. This monograph argues otherwise. The purely discursive method of philosophy renders it into a collective ‘private language’, impairing the discipline’s ability to judge the quality of its own output.
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