Daniel Halliday
Nov 8 · Last update 7 days ago.
Has modern physics made philosophy redundant?
Before his death, Professor Stephen Hawking claimed that philosophy is dead, meaning the great advances in physics in the last hundred years, have made the philosophical approach redundant. Is philosophy dead, has modern physics really answered all its questions?
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Modern philosophers have made philosophy redundant

When Stephen Hawking claimed philosophy to be dead he was referring to the failure of philosophers in keeping up with advances made in the sciences. This was not as much a critique on philosophy as a celebration of scientists as “the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge” (‘The Grand Design', Hawking 2010). According to Hawking big questions that have eluded philosophy for so long can only be solved with hard data, the type that is being collected currently at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Maybe there is more of a problem with the labels we apply to methods of acquiring knowledge

Just because science has more 'real world' relevance, does not mean that it is in some way the only method worth using to answer big questions. Maybe it's the obsolete labels of what is “science” or “philosophy”, “physics” or “metaphysics” that are the problem? As many of these questions remain completely or partially unanswered, labelling them by what historical school of thought they fall into, or by the tools that are used to derive answer, may just be wasted energy…

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