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Is Philosophy dead?

Was it buried beneath pragmatic scientific discourse? Stabbed through the heart by the stake of probability. Is there any room for conjecture in the button down business of modern scientific thought? In the world of proof, what is the point of pondering?

I sometimes chuckle and think philosophers and theologians are off in a corner somewhere playing chess, while the scientific community is haphazardly reinventing our reality.

Is there truth in the evident, or are we chasing our own tail?

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  • Oct 13 2013: I believe, as many other posters have said, that philosophy will never die as long as humans are alive. Philosophy asks many questions which science is just unable to provide an answer to. For example; in metaphysics (where do we go after we die?); ethics (how should a member of society behave?); aesthetics (what is beauty, and why do we perceive it?) or politics (how should our societies be structured?); and probably many more I can't think of right now.

    However, philosophy has lost ground to science in some issues. It would pretty much be a silly thing now for a philosopher to ponder how the world, nature or our bodies work. And sadly, these were once philosophy's greatest and most fundamental questions: what lies out there in space? how did the universe come into being? what is the world made of? why do we catch diseases, and how can we be cured? Science has managed to make us understand our world, and based on empirical evidence - not just on rational (unprovable) conjectures.

    In summary, philosophy is not and will never be dead. But from a pragmatic point of view, it completely lacks the usefulness of scientific investigation. Philosophy just can't give you a definite answer to anything. Mind you, scientific discoveries are fallible, yes. Yet those theories which stand firm for a long time and seem able to predict our reality accurately, are the best humans can get to a definite answer. Anyhow, asking yourself philosophical questions is part of our nature. And to me, that makes philosophy worthwhile - it makes me feel human.
    • Oct 16 2013: You start with a bang by asserting that philosophy will never die!.....But to die,it must exist .Is there such a thing as philosophy?............I contend that philosophy is nothing more than the brain at work to guide and protect the human being.It thinks ,analyses,ponders,arbitrates among several courses of action,sorts out information provided by past exp√©riences and the five senses......You remark that science is unable to answer metaphysical conundrums but metaphysics can t do any better.While philosophers keep blabbing on for hours about such mysteries as how could the universe emerge from nothing,what is the meaning of life,will the big bang be followed by a big Crunch and other niceties of the same calibre,science is forging ahead exponentially providing better lifestyle ,more consumption,more spare time to cultivate the mind,more values,to make salient discoveries,to reduce working time enabling men to engage in varied pursuits.To conclude ,I d say that science and only science ,from the cave men to the Greeks ,to our present day
      • Oct 19 2013: Yes, I admitted that philosophy is not useful to acquire new knowledge. As you expressed, it is about putting your brain to work.

        But while it can do no better than science, who will consider metaphysical questions, if not philosophy? As of now, it seems that science can't have an answer to everything. And as long as those questions keep coming up, humans are in their full right to ponder and analyze those issues. In other words, they are free to philosophize.

        Let me remind you that in spite of opposite evidence, there are still many religious people who follow their own philosophies. I'm not saying science is deceptive or anything, but like it or not science can't and will probably never resolve humanity's fundamental "conundrums". If we had all the answers, then there would be no more religion, or any kind of philosophy for that matter.

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