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Has physics made philosophy and religion obsolete?

The Atlantic asks Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Arizona State University and author of A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing. His answer seems to be “yes”. The article is here. A representative quotation:

Philosophy is a field that, unfortunately, reminds me of that old Woody Allen joke, “those that can’t do, teach, and those that can’t teach, teach gym.” And the worst part of philosophy is the philosophy of science; the only people, as far as I can tell, that read work by philosophers of science are other philosophers of science. It has no impact on physics what so ever, and I doubt that other philosophers read it because it’s fairly technical. And so it’s really hard to understand what justifies it. And so I’d say that this tension occurs because people in philosophy feel threatened, and they have every right to feel threatened, because science progresses and philosophy doesn’t.

David Albert (Columbia) reviews Krauss’ book for the NY Times here.



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