Wither philosophy?

Has psychology, sociology and the natural sciences, such as neuroscience, displaced philosophy and religion’s place in providing possible answers to the meaning of life?

It is an excellent question, but my thoughts lead to a resounding ‘no’.

  • You have to consider that the aforementioned disciplines are based on a philosophy (a ‘rationality’) themselves
  • Their specific foci make them unsuitable to answer the bigger, broader questions of life
  • Scientific results must be interpreted and conclusions made, this will be done according to one’s philosophy
  • Scientists generally have less imagination than philosophers (freely debate this point!) and imagination is needed when asking the big questions

The sciences are contributing greatly to philosophical thinking, but in no way replacing it. Scientists should keep their parochial triumphalism under wraps.

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