Ask any researcher who deals with both historical and theoretical research and you may get the same answer: not every crowd in academia is as easily taken in by the success and value of such a hybrid approach. Some mild persuasion might be in order. Not that we mind.
Fortunately, the researcher does not stand alone in this matter. Alain de Botton has recently launched a paper which tries to combine news items with philosophical meanderings. The news is not simply covered, but it is put next to questions such as why this particular item seems so important to us. Not convinced? Find it out for yourself at The Philosophers’ Mail website.