The great philosophers of old are remembered largely by their posthumous contributions to dictionaries of quotations. How is an ordinary person to know what today's professional philosophers think?
One answer – a novel one, it seems – comes from a new survey of philosophers' views.
People have always wanted philosophers to provide digestible wisdom, yet it is as true now as it was in Plato's time that disciplined thinking is hard. So next time you sit next to a philosopher on a plane, talk about the movie, not the meaning of life.