Philosophy

Dennett, Daniel

...there is no such thing as philosophy-free science; there is only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on board without examination.

Darwin's Dangerous Idea Chapter 1 (p. 21)

Durant, Will

Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom.

The Story of Philosophy Introduction (p. 3)

Faraday, Michael

The philosopher should be a man willing to listen to every suggestion, but determined to judge for himself. He should not be biased by appearances, have no favourite hypotheses; be of no school; and in doctrine have no master. He should not be a respecter of persons, but of things. Truth should be his primary object. If to these qualities he added industry, he may indeed hope to walk within the veil of the temple of nature.

In H. Bence Jones The Life and Letters ofFaraday Volume I Chapter IV (p. 198)

Inge, William

...science and philosophy can not be kept in water-tight compartments.

God and the Astronomers Preface (p. vii)

MacLaurin, Colin

Is it not therefore the business of philosophy, in our present situation in the universe, to attempt to take in at once, in one view, the whole scheme of nature; but to extend, with great care and circumspection, our knowledge, by just steps, from sensible things, as far as our observations or reasonings from them will carry us, in our enquiries concerning either the greater motions and operations of nature, or her more subtle and hidden works.

An Account of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophical Discoveries

Raether, H.

There are more things between cathode and anode Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Electron Avalanches and Breakdown in Gasses Introduction (p. 1)

Updike, John

The mad things dreamt up in the sky Discomfort our philosophy.

Collected Poems 1953-1993 Skyey Developments

Whitehead, Alfred North

Philosophy asks the simple question, What is it all about?

Philosophical Review Whitehead's Philosophy (p. 178) Volume XLVI, Number 2, March 1937

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains. There have been added, however, some grasp of the immensity of things, some purification of emotion by understanding.

Modes of Thought Chapter III Lecture VIII (p. 232)

Philosophy is the product of wonder. The effort after the general characterization of the world around us is the romance of human thought.

Nature and Life Chapter I (p. 1)

Ziman, John M.

One can be zealous for Science, and a splendidly successful research worker, without pretending to a clear and certain notion of what Science really is. In practice it does not seem to matter.

Perhaps this is healthy. A deep interest in theology is not welcome in the average churchgoer, and the ordinary taxpayer should not really concern himself about the nature of sovereignty or the merits of bicameral legislatures. Even though Church and State depend, in the end, upon such abstract matters, we may reasonably leave them to the experts if all goes smoothly. The average scientist will say that he knows from experience and common sense what he is doing, and so long as he is not striking too deeply into the foundation of knowledge he is content to leave the highly technical discussion of the nature of Science to those self-appointed authorities the Philosophers of Science. A rough and ready conventional wisdom will see him through.

Public Knowledge: An Essay Concerning the Social Dimension of Science

Philosophy asks the simple question, What is it all about? Alfred North Whitehead - (See p. 242)

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