Science and the Subject supposed to know

“Levi Bryant argues that philosophy is empty and has no distinct subject matter.

The funny thing is that no one ever listens.  Scientists, for example, do just fine defining the epistemological and methodological requirements of their work and their eyes grow glassy whenever they are lectured by the philosopher about knowledge.

It’s true that scientists don’t need philosophers to put their abstractions in order.  However, it’s also true that when scientists attempt to ‘do’ philosophy they often do so very badly.  Just because they don’t need philosophers doesn’t mean that their own implicit (or explicit) philosophies aren’t dreadful and misguided, only that they function well enough for their purposes.”

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