• You mean, which came first, philosophy or science? I would say science. The caveman learned about using fire before he had a clue how to think philosophically.
  • i think they went hand in hand. it is in mankinds nature to be both philosophical and scientific ~ they are two sides to the same coin. mankind is both scientific in their methods of observation and philosophical in pondering the nature of the universe. but i suppose you could say philosophy came first. one must first ask the question (why, what is it?, etc.) before embarking on any scientific exploration.
  • Philosophy: man began to think i.e the worlds is flat: then science gave evidence i.e the world is round.
  • Philosophy used to include all kinds of education - including science, mathematics and music theory. In fact, philosophy literally means the love of knowledge. Later on they were divided into different topics and philosophy started meaning one branch alone.
  • Science, even at the most primitive level. Had it not been for science man wouldn't have survived to begin to be philosophic.
  • "Natural philosophy or the philosophy of nature (from Latin philosophia naturalis), is a term applied to the study of nature and the physical universe that was dominant before the development of modern science. It is considered to be the precursor of natural sciences such as physics. Forms of science historically developed out of philosophy or more specifically natural philosophy. At older universities, long-established Chairs of Natural Philosophy are nowadays occupied mainly by physics professors. Modern notions of science and scientists date only to the 19th century (Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary dates the origin of the word "scientist" to 1834). Before then, the word "science" simply meant knowledge and the label of scientist did not exist. Isaac Newton's 1687 scientific treatise is known as The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy." Source and further information:
  • philosophy...some one had to ask the question so science could seek the answer.
  • Philosophy. We used Art before we had Science.

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