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  1. Such generalizations contain some truth, but in general, the philosopher Fomin exaggerates.

    When they say that “no one listens to each other” – personally, this raises the question ” Does the speaker listen to others? And did he do something to make people listen to him?”

    As for conferences, of course, each of them is a “vanity fair”, where it is important to show yourself, but also to see others.

    Moreover, it is very important how and why this conference is organized.

    There are “holiday/anniversary” and “reporting” conferences – they really often look like a dull meeting before a banquet.

    But there are conferences that people have worked on: they have organized interesting topics, invited people interested in exchanging opinions, and prepared “panel sessions” (this is when all the main participants read each other's reports in advance and discuss them with reviewers and moderators). At such events, the discussion can be quite lively and fruitful.

  2. I think it depends on the level of the conference. If this is a city/regional conference, then most likely, participation in it is a mere formality: nothing new will be heard there, and participants will wait for the subsequent banquet (although there are exceptions here). At higher-level conferences, especially international ones, things are usually a bit more fun: it's not easy to get there, and participants are often really interested in hearing each other and discussing something. However, even here, sometimes everything happens “for show” (especially when the university pays for such trips to its “nomenclature”). In general, at the conferences that I have participated in in recent years, people were interested in discussing each other's speeches. And I almost forgot, perhaps, the main value of scientific conferences: they create contacts. With the very first authors of hiSocrates I met them at such a conference – the World Congress of Philosophy-and when the idea for the project was born, they supported it, and many of them are still part of the team.

  3. You've probably heard the word “symposium” before and associate it with something like a meeting/conference/meeting, etc. In general, it is. The definition of a scientific conference and synonymous concepts is attached to this word. That's just from the Greek word translates as “feast”. Ancient “scientific conferences” were mostly lamp gatherings (well, or lie down, if you like) with food, entertainment (I'll probably miss their description) and heart-to-heart conversations (or about the Soul). So consider it an ancient philosophical tradition, which over the centuries has almost lost its discussion component and degraded to hedonism (if we are talking about waiting for a banquet after the conference).
    Such a sad practice really exists. And it is especially developed at university and city conferences. Although at the highest levels, it is not without sin. There are many reasons for this, but the main ones are boredom combined with selfishness, which gives rise to a desire to speak, but at the same time not be interested in the topics of other speakers, and, if my colleagues will forgive me, most philosophical problems are worn out in length, width and diagonal. It is extremely difficult now to produce something qualitatively new on the basis of old exercises, although many of them have not lost their relevance at all.
    Hyperbolize the problem, however, is not worth it, not everywhere and not always this happens. You just need to show up at those conferences and sections that correlate with your scientific interests, and unfortunately, many of us show up somewhere just to check the rating, so there is zero interest.

  4. Obviously, Comrade Fomin is too hyperbolic. Conferences are the only way for the scientific community to share with each other the results of the latest, as yet unpublished research in their field. The problem is that classical philosophy, since the time of Bertrand Russell, has been in a deep crisis of ideas and does not provide anything new for discussion. Therefore, conferences on this topic bring together people who are firmly confident in their position on any existing issue, and if no new issues are raised, then there is nothing to talk about.

    However, to abolish conferences means to recognize that classical philosophy has lost all scientific value, and any professional research in this area should be stopped. I.e., to close departments, research institutes, dismiss professors, etc., for which our society is not yet ready. So it remains only to keep the academic philosophy afloat and wait for it to finally give out (or not…) something really new.

  5. A conference is an event where scientists present their work. Instead, they do not delve into the essence of the ideas of others. A kind of consolidation of the championship in some area. In the future, they can refer to their work “As it was said at the conference on this issue…..”

  6. They do not listen to each other because each of them is sure that a part of the Truth has been revealed to him, they are full of it and there is no longer any room for other people's fabrications. And this is certainly true. They do not show proper interest in the pieces of Truth revealed to another, any of their colleagues, because everyone has their own. But it is precisely the desire to share (and not to hear) that is the desire to know and fill in the Truth. The truth in its entirety is simply inaccessible to individual perception, and the searching Mind, listening to different sources, can determine the scope of the parts to achieve a specific goal.

  7. The mechanism is similar to online games. It seems that everyone is doing something in common, but everyone is only doing it for their own pleasure. Philosophy is a way of mental self-satisfaction, if you will. A person wants to be unique and wants to be respected and recognized. People who consider themselves philosophers often lock themselves in their “unique” picture of the world, and they are only interested in it. Therefore, they go to meetings to convey their own picture, but not to hear others.

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