Hawking contra Philosophy | Philosophy Now

Feb 19, 2011 by

Stephen Hawking recently fluttered the academic dovecotes by writing in his new book The Grand Design – and repeating to an eager company of interviewers and journalists – that philosophy as practised nowadays is a waste of time and philosophers a waste of space. More precisely, he wrote that philosophy is ‘dead’ since it hasn’t kept up with the latest developments in science, especially theoretical physics. In earlier times – Hawking conceded – philosophers not only tried to keep up but sometimes made significant scientific contributions of their own. However they were now, in so far as they had any influence at all, just an obstacle to progress through their endless going-on about the same old issues of truth, knowledge, the problem of induction, and so forth. Had philosophers just paid a bit more attention to the scientific literature they would have gathered that these were no longer live issues for anyone remotely au fait with the latest thinking. Then their options would be either to shut up shop and cease the charade called ‘philosophy of science’ or else to carry on and invite further ridicule for their head-in-the-sand attitude.

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  • Scottelliott

    I think Hawking should look in his own backyard and look at the work of Nick Bostrom.

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  • http://twitter.com/the_eco_thought Timothy Morton

    “I have a great idea, which no one else has had. It’s called skeptical empiricism, I mean model-dependent realism.” Stephen Hawking

  • http://twitter.com/the_eco_thought Timothy Morton

    “I have a great idea, which no one else has had. It’s called skeptical empiricism, I mean model-dependent realism.” Stephen Hawking

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