ABSTRACT

The worlds of science and philosophy have never existed in isolation, but one could perhaps argue that the relationship between them is entering a new phase. The ubiquitous pressure to do applied research certainly has something to do with it, but there is also another, overtly less political, reason: the immense increase in the importance of technology. At first glance one would suspect that this may decrease the importance of the philosophical perspective, that the importance of philosophy is somehow linked to the importance of theory only, but my suggestion is that the contrary is true. Not that theory is unimportant, or that theoretical aspects of science are not philosophical. Few scientific endeavours have been as ‘philosophical’ as contemporary theoretical physics. The argument is rather that the technologisation of science (as well as the rest of our life-world) is changing the relationship between science and philosophy in a radical way.