One of Jen’s Quickie entries yesterday sparked a pretty good, although abbreviated discussion about philosophy of science and philosophy in general. And I thought we might be able to flesh it out little better by dedicating today’s Afternoon Inquisition to the subject.
Apparently, Stephen Hawking wrote that philosophy is dead, and he deems philosophy of science to be an obsolete pseudo-discipline.
Now, hardcore skepticism operates within the framework of empiricism, though some would argue there is room within skepticism to incorporate innate knowledge. And perhaps we should note that everyone who participates in a science or naturalist blog or online community can be labeled a philosopher of science on some level.
But what about the bigger picture? What about traditional philosophy? What about philosophy of science as a discipline?
Do you agree with Hawking? Is philosophy a waste of time and philosophers a waste of space? Why? Disagree? Why?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.