I have been screening through the university unit catalogue and seeing what other people study (as well as what I could possibly study next year). I found interesting things, such as.
- Chemistry requires knowledge in physics and mathematics
- Mathematics relates to philosophical logic
- Engineering mathematics, which considers artificial intelligence, uses predicate logic as its bread and butter
- Medicine requires competence in ethics (bioethics) which relates to philosophical ethics
- Medicine and legal issues in medicine need answers to philosophical questions such as ‘when does life begin’
- Natural scientists cannot know the full implications of their research, but it is up to the philosophers of science to interpret that.
- Political science requires the philosopher to reason out the implications of their social and political models, before, or after they are implemented.
What can be concluded from this?
Strong conclusion: Philosophy is an important human pursuit
Weak conclusion: Philosophy is a vague concept
I will hope to give a definitive definition of philosophy one day, but for now philosophy will primarily consist of metaphysics and epistemology; that is: what is the nature of x and what can we know?