Thursday, October 6, 2016
Science and Philosophy, what is substance?
Lately the philosophers we have read about have something to input on substance or matter. It is a fundamental question in philosophy to ask about matter and the universe but I am also partial to science. And being partial to science I wonder where these guys think of these ideas of substances or matter vs the mind and so on and so forth. In Science you break it down to atoms or even small to the protons and electrons and how ever else you can group those into a smaller category. In Philosophy, you have someone like Leibniz who thinks about an infinite number of substances. For some that could be close enough but I continue to look further at Spinoza or even Berkeley who each have different points of view on matter and substance. Spinoza believed in one substance which is god. Okay fair enough if you are religious you see everything as an extension of some divine power but I don’t always see it that way. Substance or matter is what makes up the universe so with that logic implied, the universe is made up of God. A little farfetched for me. But if you look at an infinite number of substances making up a vast world and universe well it puts a little more perspective on the science behind the philosophy.