[update 9/04/12: added round n+5]
(Okay, some odd spelling there, to have every word start with ‘f’).
Draw up your chairs. Bring plenty of popcorn. This might be fun.
- round n+1: Larry Moran in What Kind of Knowledge Does Philosophy Discover?
- round n+2: John Wilkins in Begging questions about philosophy, science and everything else
- round n+3: Larry Moran in John Wilkins Defends Philosophy: A Bit of History and in John Wilkins Defends Philosophy: Begging the Question
- round n+4: John Wilkins in Does philosophy generate knowledge?
- round n+5: Larry Moran in Does Philosophy Generate Knowledge? and in John Wilkins Defends Methodological Naturalism
I’m not a great fan of philosophy, as it is practiced. This blog attests to some of my disagreements. However, some of the recent attacks of philosophy seem to go way overboard.
The recent rounds seem to have grown out of a talk by Eliot Sober, defending theistic evolution, and criticisms of that talk on several blogs. I am still puzzled by that episode. Those criticizing Sober did admit that, in a strictly technical sense, Sober was correct. That is to say, science cannot disprove evidence free assertions about undetectable theistic interference. So why did they criticize Sober? I don’t understand that. Perhaps they think he should not have given a talk on that topic, but what’s so bad about freedom of speech? What Sober talked on was the kind of thing that philosophers do. And it is surely also the kind of imaginative speculation that scientists do from time to time, though scientists usually don’t go public with it.
I understand that biologists are feeling beleaguered by the constant stream of attacks coming from creationists. However, the talk Sober gave is of no help to the creationists. When they tire of attacking evolution, the creationists take a break by attacking the kind of view that Sober was discussing. I’m inclined to think that biologists hurt their own cause when they object to the kind of analysis that Sober was giving.
Well, that’s how I see it.
Sit back and enjoy the entertainment.
feel the fur fly
(okay, I changed the metaphor, but kept the leading ‘f’).