more from Otto Neurath

Single Idea 7081

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / G. Scientific Philosophy / 3. Scientism]

Full Idea

There is no such thing as philosophy as a basic or universal science alongside or above the various fields of the one empirical science.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy is not separate from or above empirical science


Otto Neurath (works [1930]), quoted by Simon Critchley - Continental Philosophy - V. Short Intro Ch.6

Book Reference

Critchley,Simon: 'Continental Philosophy - Very Short Intro' [OUP 2001], p.95

A Reaction

This is what you get for becoming an empiricist. If philosophy is the quest for human wisdom, it seems to me highly unlikely that physical sciences will provide it. Human interests and values and understanding play absolutely no role in physics.