Sean Carroll defends philosophy

Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist, has a post up on his blog telling his fellow physicists to “stop saying silly things about philosophy”.

The last few years have seen a number of prominent scientists step up to microphones and belittle the value of philosophy. Stephen HawkingLawrence Krauss, and Neil deGrasse Tyson are well-known examples. To redress the balance a bit, philosopher of physics Wayne Myrvold has asked some physicists to explain why talking to philosophers has actually been useful to them. I was one of the respondents, and you can read my entry at the Rotman Institute blog. I was going to cross-post my response here, but instead let me try to say the same thing in different words.

Roughly speaking, physicists tend to have three different kinds of lazy critiques of philosophy: one that is totally dopey, one that is frustratingly annoying, and one that is deeply depressing.

I’ve already written at length about this multiple times, so I’ll just recommend reading Sean’s post in full, and perhaps check out Myrvold’s as well.

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4 Responses to Sean Carroll defends philosophy

  1. Ignostic Atheist says:

    I know we’re all thinking it, so I’m just going to say it.

    Sean Carroll for president.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: Science & Philosophy: The Divide | The Diogenes Society

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