Massimi Pigliucci’s essay ‘The Future of Philosopy of Science’ makes me think that articles (or meetings) titled ‘The future of X-logy’ may in fact be a symptom of X-logy being in a crisis. If scholars are really busy innovating, they will probably not think of their joint activities in these terms. They will practice the future, not talk about it — and especially not in terms of X-logy, because if their joint activities are really moving into something interesting the future discipline will not yet have an established name to be defended. If anything they will probably call it Y-ology to mark out their intentions to do something new and interesting.

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