This short (thankfully), 4 minute, TED talk by philosopher Damon Horowitz is further evidence to me, at least, that most philosophers today are scurrilous, petty, irrelevant, silly, intellectual wimps who give a liberal arts education a bad name, deservedly so. Too often these psuedo-academics are putting forward notions that survive scrutiny only in the comfortable offices and campuses of the sheltered academy.
Beyond giving Damon a job and some fodder for papers, so what if Damon is chatting with Tony, a convicted murderer, about philosophy?
These moral theoreticians have long out-lived their usefulness to anyone, but themselves.
To philosophers and moralists who cannot offer up practical philosophies and moral standards that are defensible in the real world, my advice is "shut the f*** up".
If after these many thousands of years of thought, philosophers still cannot offer a cogent moral system or defensible definitions of "right" and "wrong", then philosophy has no further value beyond amusement. They have less value to our community, I submit, than stand up comics. The members of the Romance Writers of America are better philosophers and moralists than any institutionally approved "Philosopher".
And the tragedy? Given the power we human beings now have and abuse, never was there a more important time for real philosophers to help us think our way through the issues we confront. And, where are our philosophers? Chatting on campus and making silly TED talks.