philosophy - quotes of the day

It's always charming to find a good ol' book full of better words. Words I've been looking to form all week. 

"Science always seems to advance, while philosophy seems always to lose ground. Yet this is only because philosophy accepts the hard and hazardous task of dealing with problems not yet open to the methods of science - problems like good and evil, beauty and ugliness, order and freedom, life and death; so soon as a field of inquiry yields knowledge susceptible too exact formulation is is called science. Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art; it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement."


"But the philosopher is not content to describe the fact; he wishes to ascertain its relation to experience in general, and thereby to get at its meaning and its worth; he combines things in interpretive synthesis; he tries to put together, better than before, that great universe-watch which the inquisitive scientist has analytically taken apart."


"To observe processes and to construct means is science; to criticize and coordinate ends is philosophy: and because  in these days our means and instruments have multiplied beyond our interpretation and synthesis of ideals and ends, our life is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. For a fact is nothing except in relation to desire; it is not complete except in relation to a purpose and a whole. Science without philosophy, facts without perspective and valuation, cannot save us from havoc and despair. Science gives us knowledge, but only philosophy can give us wisdom." 

                        - excerpts from the introduction of The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant 1953

philosophyApril Williams