Philosophers and scientists

Are philosophers realy scientists? Where do we draw the line?

Depends how one interprets the question.

A philosopher who is true to the name is a lover of wisdom.

Wisdom is that quality of judging accurately in matters relating to life and conduct.

Science is the best toolset we have for the exploration of life and its many contexts.

Thus any philosopher who is true to the name should have a reasonable grasp of science; and the reality is that such is often not the case, as people tend to specialize on more narrow lines of enquiry, making (invalid) assumptions that all else can be ignored in the pursuit of “Wisdom”.

Scientists by contrast tend to be quite open about their specialization, and most make few claims to wisdom.

If a philosopher is making enquiries into any aspect of the nature of reality, or any subset thereof, then the tools of science are the best available, and should be used. Many are blinded to this fact by various sets of dogma.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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