Reflection on Philosophy
We often see Science as someone in a lab coat looking at objects through a microscope with an abundance of technology behind them. Taking note of every little detail that comes to their mind. We also see Philosophers as someone who stares into the blank abyss, showing nothing of their findings.
Both essays we have read in class ( Talk with me by Neigel Warburton and Why not just weigh the fish by Robert Pasnau) both discussed that people generally think that Science has more value than Philosophy. Science seems to be something where there can only be one answer. Philosophy there can be countless. The lack of wrongs and the inability to put the dreaded “X” by your answer when handing back a test baffles the minds of some people. So if there is no right or wrong answer, how do we know that we are moving forward in the right direction? Granted, there are some things that can be deemed right or wrong; but I would suggest that go under the category of common sense.
While reading Why not just weigh the fish it occurred to me that just weighing the fish wasn’t good enough to answer the Philosophers’ questions. They wanted to know more. Where the fish was going? Did it reach its destination before it died? As well in this essay it discussed that maybe Scientists think they already have the answers to all these philosophical questions. If that is the case, wouldn’t that mean they used Philosophy, -The study that have mocked and ridiculed for many years- to answer these questions? Science is ‘how to get from point A to point B’. Philosophy is ‘how to get to point A to point B while still seeing the road it takes to get to point C”.
When I read about the Philosopher Thales falling into a well made me consider an old saying I always heard as a child. ‘Curiosity killed the cat.‘ Then I thought about what Thales might have been thinking the moments before he fell in that well. He could have been curious about what would happen to the stars one billion years from then. He could have been curious about extraterrestrials living up in space. So now I see Thales being the curious cat, and satisfaction brought him back after he fell into the well.
Scientist strives for the right answer. I personally enjoy coming to the ‘right’ conclusion after a long time figuring out the problems that I had to face to get to my conclusion. Philosophy doesn’t need a right answer, because their problem never gets solved. There are always more questions to answer. So if they have different viewpoints on everything, but are still similar in a way, why bash on each other? ‘Philosophy VS Science’ is like ‘Apple VS Android’. They are similar in one way, but in another they are very different. Yet people still have the need to differentiate which is better.