[ExI] Why Physics Needs Philosophy

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 22:13:21 UTC 2016

On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:

​> ​
> I put your previous rant against philosophy to a professional philosopher,
> his response was:

> 'Mortimer Adler is a silly example since he is respected almost solely by
> non-philosophers.  But I'd put the contributions of Wittgenstein, Putnam,
> Kripke, Anscombe, Davidson, Sellars, McDowell, Brandom, and Thompson up
> against any of these supposed "gargantuan philosophical discoveries made by
> non-philosophers."'

​I grant you that not all modern philosophers are as silly as Adler was,
and some are interesting people who do a good job explaining the ideas made
by others to ​
humanities majors
​. But w
​original ​
discoveries did those professional philosophers make that was even close in
 the gargantuan philosophical discoveries make by NON-philosophers like
Cantor who discovered that there is a infinite number of different types of
or Godel who discovered that some things are true but
​have no proof​,
Turing who discovered that things can be deterministic but not predictable
or Clausius who discovered Entropy
or Maxwell who discovered that static electricity magnetism and light were
​all ​
or Darwin who discovered how bacteria can turn into people
or Planck who discovered that everything comes in little packages
or Watson and Crick who discovered that heredity is digital
or Hubble who discovered that the universe
or Perlmutter Schmidt and Riess
who discovered that the universe
or Einstein who discovered that space and time
 not absolute. What discoveries about the nature of reality have
professional philosophers
​in the last ​
couple of centuries
 even in the same ballpark
 importance, or even
​in ​
the same continent?

​ John K Clark​


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