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The Arts and the Sciences?

  1. Jul 21, 2007 #1
    It seems there is a strong parallelism between linguistic and philosophy in the Arts and maths and physics in the Sciences.

    More specifically a student who prefers liguistic over philosophy (in this example I like to exclude formal logic without the philosophical aspects as philosophy) will also prefer maths over physics. And vice versa. i.e. If philosophy over linguistics then physics over maths. The implication goes the other way as well.

    linguistic in the Arts is to Maths in the sciences
    Philosophy in the Art is to Physics in the sciences

    Personally I find this relationship to be true as I prefer lingusitic over philosophy and maths over physics.

    I am more refering to maths as pure maths and physics as theoretical physics.

    What do you think?
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  3. Jul 21, 2007 #2

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    So to draw this conclusion, you conducted a survey of one person? :tongue2:

    What else ya got?
  4. Jul 21, 2007 #3


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    I agree with MIH-- a survey of one person is hardly statistically accurate now is it?

    Furtermore, I disagree with your main conjecture: in my opinion, philosophy (as in real philosophy, not the sort of crap that lots of people try and pretend is philosophy) is more closely linked with mathematics than it is with physics.
  5. Jul 21, 2007 #4
    The OP is meant to serve as a basis for discussion. I should have added "What do you think"?

    Regretfully I have not done any linguistic subjects but looking at the contents it seems to suit me more than philosophical essay writing. When writing philosophical essays I have often wondered the underlying language I am using and it troubles me that I know next to nothing about it and yet I am trying to convey some deep issues with these words.

    Physcists too don't have a deep knowledge of maths, even people said Witten wasn't too good with proofs compared to the top mathematicians offcourse yet they bring insight about nature using maths.
  6. Jul 21, 2007 #5
    I am trying to compare between linguistics and maths with physics and philosophy. If you disagree with me than you are suggesting that there is a closer relationship between linguistics with physics and philosophy with maths.

    I agree philosophy by itself is closer to maths then it is to physics but what about after taking into accout linguistics?

    However is there an empirical component in linguistics?
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  7. Jul 23, 2007 #6
    I understand your point of view; philosophy, like physics, attempts to capture truth without ever being able to do so completely. Linguistics, like mathematics, are devout of doubt and only work in terms of absolute truth. However, whatever may be the strength of this argument, I am myself a contradiction to your assert; I prefer math over physics but philosophy over linguistics. This may be related to the level of abstraction each have; as a person who is very abstract, I find comfort in mathematics and philosophy. There's a reason many Greek philosophers were also mathematicians.
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  8. Jul 23, 2007 #7
    That could be because the Greeks didn't view as a bunch of tautologies as Russel would put but discovering something new. Much like philosophers think about new ideas or physcists of today hypothesis a physical phenomena.
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