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Philosophy is Not Dying

I know some scientists, like Stephen Hawking, are trying to generate this impression that philosophy is dying.  They even use a very interesting term, experimental metaphysics.  They claim that today with the latest thing that quantum physics can do, we can put to an empirical test questions which were once properly philosophical questions, like "Does the world have an end?" and so on and so on.  

I am an ultra-optimist for philosophy.  No, it’s not dying.  I claim that what is happening, for example, in quantum physics, in the last 100 of years, things which are so daring, incredible, that we cannot include into our conscious view of reality - Hegel’s philosophy, with all it’s dialectical paradoxes, can be of some help here.  I claim that reading quantum physics through Hegel and vice versa is very productive.

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