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date: 17 December 2017

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Specialization in all fields of human endeavor is far more highly articulated than ever before, and today specialists neither understand one another, nor share standards for controlling the quality of argumentation. Almost any enterprise that matters overtly or tacitly requires cross-disciplinary collaboration. Understanding what one is doing is a precondition for thinking for oneself. Thus the Enlightenment’s commitment to autonomy, as expressed in thinking for oneself, is being systematically undermined. The problems of managing the transmission of information and guidance across disciplinary boundaries are in the first place problems in philosophy of logic. Freedom is valuable in the first place because one can think for oneself; thus specialization threatens our commitment to freedom. Accordingly, the continuing importance of freedom depends on advances in the philosophy of logic.

Keywords: specialization, autonomy, Enlightenment, thinking for oneself, philosophy of logic

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