The Future of Philosophy
Brian Weatherson has an interesting post predicting that the trend toward specialization by academic philosophers will reverse in the future. As an onlooker who reads some philosophy, I’d say this would be a very good thing. My specific suggestion would be a plea for more metaphysics. Too often, it seems to me that metaphysical presuppositions go unexplained or unexamined in the specialized areas.
The Future of Fundamental Physics
As I’ve discussed in previous posts, fundamental physics seems stuck. Here’s Lee Smolin’s latest manifesto which stresses the need for more work on the philosophical foundations of theory. Also, here’s a slide show from John Baez which discusses “Where We Stand Today”. (Hat tip: Peter Woits’ blog).