Physics and Philosophy

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Does Physics need Philosophy?
 

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Define ”need”.
 
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“The philosophy of science is as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.” - R.P. Feynman
 
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Does Physics need Philosophy?
This is lazy.

You should present your own arguments, or at the very least, reveal the impetus for asking such a question. Otherwise, you are simply asking the rest of us to do the work, while you sit back after writing just a 4-word post.

A simple search would have revealed a plethora of results, including this interview with Lawrence Krauss:
https://www.theatlantic.com/technol...made-philosophy-and-religion-obsolete/256203/

Other than that, I’m too lazy to type anymore to feed this thread.

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Does Physics need Philosophy?
For me, Philosophy is useful only if it has experimental consequence.. without this... Philosophy is just waste of time.
 
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Theoretical physics (for example) is mostly philosophy, I think.
All those ideas, thoughts, and imagination which might never turn out.
 
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Theoretical physics (for example) is mostly philosophy, I think.
This is silly. What exactly do you think "Philosophy" means?

You have just insulted both theorists and philosophers.

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You have just insulted both theorists and philosophers
I apologise, I meant no insulting.
 
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I apologise, I meant no insulting.
A good way of avoiding that is to make sure you know what you are talking about before commenting. You also did not answer ZZ's question. What do you think philosophers do? I would also like to add a question: What do you think theoretical physicists do?
 
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What do you think philosophers do?
That's a good question and one that I touched on a bit in another thread. I don't believe that most people have any idea what philosophers do nor what philosophy actually is. I know I don't.
 

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