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philosophy vs science vs theology

An astrophysicist has been in the news lately for blasting philosophy and theology, following some harsh reviews of his latest book by philosophers. I'll probably blog more about it later, but for now I was wondering: what do people think the difference is between these three areas? I'm not interested so much in whether you think they're good, but more where you draw the line between the different areas.

An example: I'm researching the ontological argument. Basically, this argument says two things. First, that (given a certain definition of "God"), it's logically impossible that this definition not refer to something that actually exists. Whether or not you think this argument makes sense, is it theology? Or philosophy? Or is it in some sense science? And why? (Something can be science without being good; for example, the idea that the world is only 6,000 years old may be scientific; it's just bad science.)

I'd really like to know. What do you think of when you hear these words and where do you draw the line between them?

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dreamflower02
May. 3rd, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
IMO, philosophy is a way of thinking about something in a methodical manner, examining the different aspects of something and trying to make sense of it.

Theology to me, is the philosophy of God and things related to God.

Science to me, is the philosophy of the material world.

Ethics would be the philosophy of morality; aesthetics the philosophy of art, etc.

However, my idea about it may be totally wrong-- this is just how it has always seemed to me.

So, am I anywhere near the ballpark?

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