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Has physics made philosophy obsolete? (Video)

Philosophy is dead…Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge. 

—Stephen Hawking

From neuroscience to cosmology, Hawking to Dawkins, many argue science can do away with philosophy. Yet science is replete with philosophical  puzzles. Should we see science as one metaphysics amongst others? Or is this to swap the megalomania of science with that of philosophy?

In this fiery debate from the Institute of Art and Ideas, physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss squares off against philosophers Angie Hobbs and Mary Midgley. The BBC’s Rana Mitter keeps the fight fair.

This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission.  It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2014 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.