Stephen Hawkin proclaimed "philosophy is dead" on the first page of his recent book The Grand Design. Another popular physicist, Lawrence M. Krauss echoed this sentiment in his book A Universe from Nothing with this statement, "I think philosophy is already unnecessary."
So what is the value of philosophy?
At least $1,000 according to the editors at 3 Quarks Daily. Their philosophy prize is part of the Top-Quark blogging competition and is being judged this year by Justin E. H. Smith, professor of philosophy at Concordia University in Montréal.
Tom Paine's Ghost has a post in the running, and I want your vote! If you are a fan of this blog - Tom Paine's Ghost - please help me out by voting over at 3 Quarks Daily by September 14th midnight in New York City. You can look over the entries here. And if you happen to find my entry superior please vote for it here. Find the electronic fill-in bubble under T for "Tom Paine's Ghost" Thanks for your help!