Sunday, February 14, 2016

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Philosophy is Science 

"All knowledge is knowledge, whether acquired through empirical or rational methods."

Recovering the truth that science and philosophy -- natural science and natural philosophy, theoretical science and theoretical philosophy, applied science and applied philosophy -- are on a single continuum of human knowledge.  There is no such thing as "false knowledge." 


ABOUT THE ARGUMENT
  • What is the "Philosophy is Science" thesis?
  • Are you really serious?
  • Are some people opposed to your thesis?
  • What's new?
  • How do I join?
  • How do I order swag? 
THE ARGUMENT
  • Does anyone agree with you?
  • Isn't science just the serious study of natural phenomena?
  • Isn't science just a method?
  • How would we apply this? 
  • Aren't you content being a philosopher?
  • Historically, is philosophy 'science'?
  • Is what philosopher's do today science?
  • Philosophy is which science? 
  • Isn't philosophy 'dead'?
  • Is what scientists do today philosophy? 
  • Isn't metaphysics like magic -- woo?
  • What do all sciences have in common? 
  • Aren't all sciences empirical? 
  • Aren't all sciences quantitative?
  • Isn't science just a method? 
  • Scientists and philosophers have different names, degrees, and departments. 
  • Philosophy and science are taught separately in public schools.
  • Philosophy uses 'rational tools and logical analysis and conceptual clarification' while sciences uses 'empirical measurement.' (Friedland) 
  • Science is about nature; philosophy is about concepts. 
  • Science progresses; philosophy doesn't progress. 
  • Science deals with the nature of the universe (a la Aristotle's Physics); philosophy deals with causation (a la Aristotle's Metaphysics) (Michael Ruse)
  • Science is divided into natural and social sciences; philosophy is divided into metaphysics, epistemology, etc. These are separate domains. 
  • Science has nothing to do with religion; philosophy overlaps with religion. 
  • Scientific methods involve testable hypotheses; philosophical methods involve untestable hypotheses.
  • Professional scientists do not call themselves 'philosophers'; professional philosophers do not call themselves scientists.
  • University science departments are not in the same buildings as philosophy departments. 
  • Scientific hypotheses are either empirically testable or meaningless.
  • Ethics and theology are both meaningless since both are not empirical (J.L. Mackie)
  • Wikipedia says science is different from philosophy. 
  • Science achieves consensus; philosophy does not achieve consensus. 
  • The notion that philosophy is science is just philosophers having 'science-envy'. 
  • Science is descriptive and predictive; philosophy is (or can be) evaluative and prescriptive.
  • Sure, things overlap in some disciplines such as the philosophy of science and the study of "scientific" study of philosophical problems, but neither is a subset of the other.
  • Words evolve; people don't talk like that anymore; your going to be misunderstood.
  • But you're crazy. 
  • 2. Scientists do experiments; philosophers do thought experiments.
  • 3. Philosophy departments are not university departments.
  • 4. Philosophy and science are taught separately in public schools.


WHAT NOW?

  • What happens in academia and culture if we don't recover this truth that philosophy is science?
  • What happens in academia and culture if we do recover this truth? 
  • What will academia be like when philosophy is seen as the science it is? 
  • Will the re-organization of knowledge solve other natural or metaphysical problems? 
  • What will university departments look like? 
  • Is "setting back the clock" on our philosophy/science concept even possible? 
  • Reader responses: agreement, disagreement, misunderstanding, random questions.
  • Art work (coming soon)
  • For further reading