The Relationship Between Philosophy, Science & Art

The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

I’d like to believe science is basically applied philosophy.

Philosophy asks the questions and sets the rules. It questions what is true and tries to find the relationships between these truths. Philosophy mainly focuses on logic. Philosophy is allowed to look into abstract concepts that may or may not be true.

Science, on the other hand is a way to arrive at accepted answers about the questions philosophy raises. It focuses on discovering “facts”, “laws”, and “mechanisms”. Science, and the “scientific method”, in a way, arose out of philosophy.

Art is the facts, laws and mechanisms that science discovers. It is the result, the final product or knowledge that is found or created.

As Durant says in his book, “Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement.”

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