No one goes up to, say, an electrical engineer at a party and proceeds to tell the engineer what engineering is, or that engineering is all relative, or that engineers think too much, or that when it comes to engineering, people already know what's best for them, and we should never let anyone else tell us what to engineer because this is a free country.
How come they do that to philosophers, to philosophy teachers? It happens in the classroom too. I don't have to tell you that.
Last week in one of my ethics classes, during our discussion of animal ethics, one student declared that none of this ethics stuff matters, that it's all circular, that people are just going to do what they want to do anyway, and that's just how the world is.
I usually know how to respond to these kinds of things. But sometimes, when I'm on the third class of the day, it's night time, I'm just as tired as they are, and it's coming at me fast and furious; well, you know.
What do you say when people / students tell you things like this? I'd like to add some tricks to my tool box.