This is twitter.com/nja's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following twitter.com/nja's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
twitter.com/nja
Recent Activity
""Mass" in Newton is a homonym of "Mass" in quantum theory, they are distinct concepts. This result and its concomitant clarifications came from philosophy, not science." And this was discovered by which philosopher(s)? There were plenty of people involved in the development of quantum theory who had philosophical training as well as being physicists (Heisenberg and Bohr for example), but I'm struggling to think of any pure philosophers who contributed significantly to the development of the field - or any other field of science. The argument in any case isn't that philosophers can't clear up such confusions (though I'd like a few concrete examples), it is that they are no better at doing so than people working from within the field.
I thought this one was rather weak - I was reading Jeremy Stangroom and Julian Baggini's collection of interviews with British philosophers this weekend and was struck by Miranda Fricker's comment on this: "I think it is a bit ludicrous when people defend philosophy on the grounds that it teaches you how to think. That is extraordinarily insulting to other subjects!". Doesn't there need to be some justification for the idea that professional philosophers are better at clearing up conceptual confusions in history or science than professional historians or scientists? I've certainly never seen much evidence that philosophers of science have a clearer view of the subject than scientists themselves.