Joy Lo Dico on the pop philosophy phenomenon
Joy Lo Dico for the Independent explores the surge in popularity of pop philosophy.
This pile of paper cannot help but make one think: when did we start reading so much popular philosophy? Pop-science and “think” books of the Malcolm Gladwell or Freakonomics school, jaunty theses about social science, probability and economics, now regularly pepper the bestseller lists. The ever-popular self-help genre continues to offer an easily digestible diet of light behavioural science and psychology, with big returns for publishers. But surely philosophy – the study of unanswerable questions – cannot be packaged the same way?