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Philosophy Defines Science

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Posted by Nathan Hays on September 30, 2003 23:00:40 UTC

Philosophy completely engulfs science. Mathematics is a branch of philosophy as is epistemology. The very scientific method is a philosophical theory. Philosophy works on the problems of how we know what we know, what constitutes good scientific theory, and what is valid reasoning.

It may seem that the scientific method is an established technique, but it is a fluid one. The interpretation of the experiments of Bell's Inequality show us the great difficulty of applying the pedestrian versions of perception and knowledge. Philosophical theorizing is the only way out.

I think you are alluding to the far side of philosophy, that which brushes against theology. Philosophy's job is to distinguish between belief and knowledge. If that doesn't sound easy, it's because it is very difficult.

- sfn

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