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Posted by Harvey on November 1, 2001 23:30:57 UTC

Alex,

Philosophy is not superior to science. Science is superior to philosophy in terms of providing more certain knowledge. Philosophy is superior to science in terms of charting out the fundamental issues that may underlie observation (e.g., issues like: is symmetry principles enough to account for the laws of physics, etc). What you call 'logic' is mostly philosophy. What most people identify as logic is usually referred to as first-order predicate calculus. There are many deviant logics and modal logics which are different than predicate calculus.

BTW, philosophy makes 'predictions'. That is, they predict that certain theories are able to satisfactory explain a philosophical problem. If that 'prediction' holds based on the counter arguments that are made against it then the 'prediction' holds. Often philosophical arguments are put into the language of logic (e.g., predicate calculus) or modal logic in order to further ground the argument. The only 'experiments' in philosophy are 'gedanken' thought experiments. Sometimes thought experiments in philosophy can later be converted into actual experiments (e.g., the EPR gendanken experiment that was later converted into the Aspect experiment using Bell's inequalities).

Warm regards, Harv

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