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Problems with Philosophy on Facebook

“What happens and what should a philosopher do if the academic community massively has moved on to making its informal engagements happen on one platform, specifically, Facebook?” ¶ So asks Helen De Cruz (Saint Louis University) in a post at The Philosophers’ Cocoon.  ¶ ¶ De Cruz takes it for granted that the philosophical community has in fact “massively… moved on to making its informal engagements” on Facebook. I’m skeptical. I would bet that the overwhelming majority of academic philosophers would answer “none or very few” to a question that asked them how many of their philosophical conversations take place on Facebook. ¶ When you’re asked about the activities of other philosophers, the philosophers that are likely to come to mind will include the philosophers you most interact with, which, if you’re spending a lot of time philosophizing on Facebook, will be other philosophers on Facebook. This is a version of the availability heuristic. ¶ The fact that Facebook is a kind of availability heuristic trap (in multiple...

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