I have hopes of being both a scientist and a philosopher. In my opinion, both subjects are an attempt to understand this world and how we stand in relation to it. Although humanity has yet to adopt the world view, it can at least expand our world view. This non-objective world view is the closest thing to reality or truth that we have, and I fervently wish to jump into the journey.
I’ve been met with a lot of praise for my interest in science, but not so much for my interest in philosophy. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day on the subject of philosophy and its importance. This friend of mine is an aspiring physicist, and criticized the school of philosophy for not being very useful, as opposed to the school of science which has practical applications. He admitted that philosophy is interesting, but he claimed that was all there was to it. “It’s only food for thought,” he said. As I listened to him go on, I noticed how well reasoned his argument was and how much he reminded me of a philosopher.
In response I said, “Would you agree with me if I defined philosophy as a system in which one is very meticulous with both semantics and logic? If so, then you are as of right now philosophizing. You may find the work of some philosophers to be nothing more than word games (I sometimes do too), but you are in fact forming a critique of philosophy which is in itself a philosophy. And in the same way you tell creationists the only way to discredit science is with more science, I say unto you, the only way to discredit philosophy is with more philosophy.”
The conversation then led to the question of which is more useful; science or philosophy? We both agreed science is more useful if it is utility that is being measured, but that doesn’t render anything of lesser utility useless.
Philosophy is how we understand (or fail to understand) the nature of our existence. Like science, it tries to find an explanation for the tidbits of knowledge we’ve discovered. How we think shapes our condition, and if we have a vision for this world in mind, it only follows that we go about changing it to meet our desired goal in an effective way; by understanding our condition.