“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, December 5, 2015

"Philosophy Is Secondary to Science"

1. This sentence, if true, is logically coherent. Therefore it is philosophical. Without science.

2. I do follow science.

Variants such as “Philosophy should shut up, and let science guide us” have exactly the same flaw. If you think science should just do its thing and you blindly follow, don't speak. At all.

3. Or, it's not logical, and doesn't mean anything. Phew!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm having this exact argument with my Dad-in-law right now. He thinks he's a simple down-to-earth guy who just deals with facts. Shoot me now please.