Questions for my Phantom Lover: Philosophy, wherever it may be.

Does philosophy exist outside of the academy? Is it recognizable as philosophy outside of academy? Is it recognizable outside of the academy to those inside the academy?  Can philosophy be separated from the practices of academia? Is philosophy only manifested in publishing, presenting papers, scholastic citing, “rigor,” teaching, committee work? If it can be separated from the practices of the academy, does it still need the academy to legitimate it? In the eyes of the academy? Is the object or manifestation of the principles and ethics of philosophy best served when enacted within the confines of these rituals? In other words, is philosophy best served by these rituals?

Do philosophers exit outside of the academy? Are they recognizable outside of the academy? Are they recognizable outside of the academy to those inside the academy? Can philosophers be separated from the practices of academia? Are philosophers only manifested in the papers they publish, the papers they present, scholastic citing, “rigor,”  the classes they teach, committee work? If they can be separated from the practices of the academy, do they still need the academy to legitimate them? In the eyes of the academy? Is the object or manifestation of the principles and ethics of philosophers best served when enacted within the confines of these rituals? In other words, are philosophers best served by these rituals?

What happens when an academic philosopher looks for philosophy outside of the academy? What does philosophy on the outside look like? Is public philosophy the practice of academics commenting on public affairs? Or is it is shedding the heavy robes of academia and transforming public affairs? Is it some hybrid creature, homeless? When it crosses the boundary to the outside world does it merely parrot the rituals of the academy in disguise, does it radically transform, or does it die? Can it exist independently of the academy? Can it reproduce itself without the academy? As more than mere hobby? Are philosophers paid, as philosophers, outside of the academy?

Where is the Agora? Where is my phantom lover?