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One Sense In Which Philosophy Transcends the Sciences
December 9, 2008, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Philosophy, Science

Someone asks, “What is physics?”  You don’t do physics in order to answer this question.  You do philosophy.  

(You might want to go take a look at what the self-described physicists are doing.  Fine.  But notice that, even here, you won’t be doing physics.  You’ll be doing something like sociology.  And that won’t answer the question unless mixed with philosophy, right?  Oh, and you’ll also want to ask, “What is sociology?”  And it will do no good to answer this by doing sociology, will it?  Actually, maybe it will.  At the bottom of it all, in the final analysis, all we can do is say that sociology is this.  (Pointing to it and leading people through it.)  Logical deduction is this.  Math is this.  But when I’m doing this I’ll be doing philosophy, right?  Philosophy is this.)

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