Is public philosophy good? Obviously

Philosophers are a clever bunch

Image: Socrates, detail of Raphael’s The School of Athens (public domain)

Philosophers are a clever bunch. Which is a major reason I have enjoyed switching from the natural sciences (biology) to the discipline practiced by those who are said to love wisdom. But sometimes they are too clever for their own, and especially the public’s, good. Seneca warned about this:

I should deem your games of