Can we combine philosophy with other science?


Michael Klein

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PD, Dr. phil. habil., born 1965; Secretary General of the Leibniz Association, Eduard-Pflüger-Str. 55, 53113 Bonn.
Email: [email protected]

Ernst-Theodor Rietschel

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat., Dr. med.h.c., born 1941; President of the Leibniz Association, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Science Association, Berlin Office, Schützenstr. 6, 10117 Berlin.
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The humanities and natural sciences are a product of culture. Human behavior is biologically conditioned, but the expression represents a cultural achievement, so that there are interfaces, but also conflict-prone overlaps between the humanities and natural sciences.


[1] It is not an increase, but a disfigurement of the sciences when their boundaries run into each other "- said Immanuel Kant in his preface to the second edition of the Critique of Pure Reason from 1787.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) seems to see it quite differently today in its official funding guidelines: "The globalized knowledge society of tomorrow will increasingly require research efforts of an interdisciplinary nature Interfaces between the disciplines. "

Before we pursue this claim or requirement, the fundamental question must first be answered: What is the real meaning and what is the goal of science?