RS #35: What is philosophy of science good for?
May 22, 2011 2 Comments
In episode #35 of the Rationally Speaking podcast, Massimo and I explore philosophy of science: What is it about, and should it matter to scientists? We also discuss some of the most important questions in philosophy of science now, and some historical debates between leading philosophers of science, like Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper, over how science should or does work.
So is philosophy of science, as Richard Feynman famously quipped, “as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds?” Or was philosopher Daniel Dennett closer to the truth when he said, “There is no such thing as philosophy-free science, only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on-board unexamined?”