Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Science and philosophy
When I was an undergraduate the physicist Gerald Feinberg argued that physics had solved philosophy's "Thales problem." (The Journal of Philosophy, Jan 6, 1966) It is well known that other philosophical questions have been resolved by science. My own philosophical work has been mostly in this tradition, trying to make use of progress in the various fields of science in order to settle (or at least clarify) issues in philosophy (see my 1 January 2012 blog for example, "The big questions"). Conversely, philosophy may suggest areas that science should investigate.