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  1. They are being changed, and here are some of the most famous examples:

    1. Peter Singer is a modern philosopher, bioethicist, and his book (a collection of articles) “About Things that are really important” is an attempt to give philosophical answers to the most pressing questions of our time. He is also known for his views on charity (“A Life You Can Save”) and animal rights (“Animal Liberation”), designed to change the attitude of modern humans towards themselves and other species.
    2. David Chalmers, a philosopher of consciousness, advocates a dualistic approach to the problem of consciousness, which affects modern cognitive science and the assessment of the problem of artificial intelligence.
    3. Daniel Dennett is also a philosopher of consciousness and cognitive scientist, known to the general public as an active fighter against religion, as well as an attempt to philosophize evolutionism.
    4. Judith Butler is a philosopher who has influenced feminist and gender issues, as well as ethics and contemporary political philosophy. She is also a political activist and is known for her stance on Hamas and Hezbollah.
    5. Marta Nussbaum-also deals with the issue of gender, but in Russia is best known for her work ” Not for profit. Why Democracy needs the Humanities”, which examines how education, in particular the humanities, affects the formation and development of society.

    And these are just the first examples that come to mind. In fact, I believe that today a philosopher cannot help but change the world, otherwise, he is not really a philosopher, but rather a historian of philosophy.

  2. They change it, but you have certain views on politics, morals, art, etc. As I mentioned in another answer, philosophy is not about distant and abstract matters, but also about what happens in our daily lives.

    For example, there is such a phenomenon as abortion. Its permissibility or non-permissibility is entirely a philosophical question. I will say even more that this is mostly a dispute about terms and logical consequences. This is not difficult to notice, since often in the end everything comes down to questions:

    1. What is a “person”?

    2. Can I kill people?

    In fact, social life largely consists of such questions, the philosophical answers to which create a certain image of the world in which we live.

  3. Modern philosophy, it seems to me, has a very vague structure and definition. Is it possible to call a political figure who broadcasts from the podium about a new future for his country a philosopher? And a blogger who talks about equality?

    Rather, it is worth asking, have philosophers ever changed the world? It seems to me that they rather commented on the time. Equipped with more sensitive detectors of general moods, they were able to capture the world's processes, structure their features, and share their ideas.

    Philosophical ideas had little influence on the ongoing global processes. The 20th century gave us two world wars, a nuclear crisis, religious conflicts and many other troubles. And it wasn't philosophers who convened the Geneva Conventions and the UN. The world in the 20th century was changed only by human mistakes and their consequences.

    And in the 21st century, everything is controlled by technology, even without human participation. Reality changes thanks to hashtags and reposts. Yes, there are real people behind them, but with the development of artificial intelligence, this is no longer possible to be sure. Philosophers can talk about the fear of such technologies, sing the ideas of equality, but all this happens without their participation, but under their valuable comments. If Marx called religion the opium of the people, then philosophy is now, in my opinion, only a mild painkiller.

  4. Philosophy is at the heart of understanding this world, in choosing an approach to its knowledge, so it affects all aspects of life. At least the social and psychological aspects of it. We can say that this science is the basis of all sciences. Depending on the commitment to a particular trend, a person looks at the solution of various issues differently. And these issues can be economic, political, and social. There may not be many” professional ” philosophers in these areas, but they do exist, and the rest still belong to them to some extent.

  5. The world of ANY person is ALWAYS his world. You change your world ONLY BY YOURSELF. Or rather. usually, you DON't change it, just watch the movie of your life, written from birth.

  6. Right now, philosophers who don't exist don't affect the world in any way, but currently there are no requests to change anything. We have not yet realized the philosophical knowledge of the ancient sages that they bequeathed to us. Sometimes it seems that humanity, as children who have not yet mastered the alphabet, is trying to write an essay on the topic of “is there a God?” The world is unchangeable and man cannot change it!!! With respect.

  7. The only philosopher of all times and peoples is Aristotle, since this person remains the founder of such a science as philosophy. All the rest are followers of his philosophical sayings, reworked by them in their own way and presented with the sauce of their time and local customs. It is not expected to meet in the modern world of philosophers and even generally recognized, it seemed to me that the world is not so low morally, culturally and morally to extol people who talk about culture, morality and morality.

  8. They change it only in their head, in their fantasies.If the opinion of a philosopher meant something in the old days, when it was possible and they were treated with respect because they were considered smart, now everyone knows that this” smartness ” hides a reluctance to work.

  9. 1. Now there is a global wave of social change introduced by the postmodern philosophy, despite the fact that almost all its founders are no longer alive (Jean Baudrillard, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze). They each, in accordance with their specialization, criticized (revised, re-evaluated, reflected) the foundations of social life. But at present, the philosophy of modernity still forms the basis of the worldview (what is in the minds of people) of the overwhelming majority. Moreover, it does not depend much on whether a person is familiar with the philosophy of postmodernism or not (unless he has thoroughly worked through a couple of their books in 1-2 years). Abstract entities are always difficult to connect with personal specifics – this requires practice. Therefore, the ongoing social changes seem destructive to most older people, and young people are able to simply adapt to changes without understanding what is happening, because their worldview is still flexible, has not developed completely.

    1. Many living philosophers work in a more specialized way, creating concepts in specific areas of knowledge and on current social problems.

    2. A variety of creative products are created on the basis of previously developed philosophical concepts. For example, the idea of the film “Matrices” (an idea that is popular among young people) was inspired by Jean Baudrillard's book “Simulacra and Simulation”.

  10. “Philosophers” change only their own world. Philosophy today is a religious sect. Like any sect, they have their own gurus who create objects of “philosophy” in the form of specific terms and slang. Like any sect, it has worshippers of these gurus. Fans continuously quote the guru in which they find joy. Gurus dominate and also rejoice. Harmony.
    All together, they sincerely pretend that they are looking for a solution to the problems of all mankind! No less. Blessed is he who believes, and the world is easy for him.
    Humanity does not notice this sect from the word at all. There is no reason. They are quite peaceful, without malice, and don't really interfere with anything. Whatever the child is not amused…

  11. Not like it doesn't change.

    The economy is changing, and all gender issues can be removed from its capabilities.

    Changes inofrmatika, already now according to the laws of AI systems, you can predict the behavior of infants.

    Biology changes, people live longer, as a result, they live up to brain problems and other diseases

    Electronics and radio technology are changing the world, with its help the whole world can communicate forgetting about the distance, see the world through other people's eyes.

    It changes marketing, and it promotes and legalizes products and services.

    These things change the world, not philosophy.

  12. Philosophy is not dead, no matter how it is buried. Look at the works of Bestuzhev-Lada, L. V. Leskov (at least “Will the XX1 century accept us?”), V. V. Nalimov (“Theory of Meanings”), Michio Kaku (“The Future of Reason”), etc. We discuss the problem of man and his development and, of course, the problem of trends in the development of the anthropic world, the problem of trends in the development of civilization (transhumanism or transpersonalism?), the problem of AI, etc. The times of Lenin and Stalin, when philosophy/ideology took place, have sunk into oblivion, and with this we have lost all time reference points, and with the Russian people this is not possible. We need powerful guidelines, and only philosophy sets them.

  13. The model of human behavior from the first glimpses of consciousness to the present is the same:

    1. Acquaint.
    2. Find something valuable from a new friend.
    3. Exchange by giving less than you received.
    4. Stopped changing – take it by force.
    5. Resist-kill.

    And during the “development” of the two Americas, and during the “Arab Spring”, and in the film Avatar, this model and only it can be traced. Humanity has no other model of behavior. Humanity does not know how to build relationships differently.

    At the same time, a hundred years ago they spun in the evenings under the light of an oil lamp. Seventy years ago, people were sorting through black-and-white televisions, trying to find photographic film in them and see what would be on the news in a week's time. Fifty years ago, they paid bribes to get a home phone installed. Thirty years ago, happy computer owners wrote files to five-inch floppy disks.

    There has been a technological revolution, and the old model of relationships does not work. You can use a whip to make a man cut reeds and carry bricks. You can't get creative and create with a whip. A person who has a mobile phone in his pocket, has the Internet at his disposal, and is approaching AI cannot be controlled using the old methods.

    The old models of relationships and managing people don't work. They are backward, they are outdated, the Rockefellers lack the old tools to manage the world, and enterprise managers lack the tools to manage their workforces.

    And neither techies, doctors, or bioengineers will offer new models. Only philosophers can offer new models of relationships, new rules, working laws, and fair morals.

    This is me telling you ka Philosopher, see my nickname 🙂

  14. Philosophers sense the changes taking place in the world and warn about them and their possible consequences. And people in the mass are not able to master grammar. But they judge philosophy and the role of philosophers. Mamardashvili made thousands of people in Russia think. They cannot change the conditions of existence. But they understand what is happening, and they are preparing an answer to the eternal Russian questions.

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