Corporate efficiency is not invested in negotiation or in imagination. Since the dawn of the industrial age, variation has been its enemy.
The legacy of Fordism is the dream of repetition without difference, of actions infinitely repeatable without variation.
Two separate issues here: One is an obscenely exploitative academic profession. The other is a general decline in personal time.
"Philosophy" happens when conceptually-inclined individuals have the time and space to indulge in complex speculation. That's all.
All of us have less and less free time, less and less open space, less and less energy not instrumentalized and regimented by capitalism.
Our tragedy is not the death of philosophy, it's that we won't be around to witness philosophy's absolutely inevitable renewed flourishing.
Philosophy survived the conquest of classical Athens, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam, the reconquest of Iberia.
Also the end of Scholasticism, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of scientific positivism, & its own death at the end of the 19th century.
Framing the stakes as loss of humanity's intellectual legacy reproduces the ideological myth of the university as its heir and sole trustee.
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