Science used to be considered as second philosophy. PhD, the highest title for a scientist, is a Doctor of Philosophy. However, some philosophers opine that philosophy is not science. So, is asking on philosophy on topic here?

  • $\begingroup$ Are you talking about philosophy of science, or history of philosophy? And if the answer is "no", would questions about "natural philosophers" like Galileo and Newton suddenly become off-topic? $\endgroup$
    – Wooble
    Oct 29, 2014 at 11:34
  • $\begingroup$ I mean the philosophy itself, but the philosophy of science is also a good question $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Oct 29, 2014 at 11:39
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    $\begingroup$ Philosophy of science and math is certainly ok if there is enough historical context. But philosophy as a whole would be too broad a field and there are so many questions that can be asked on it. I think it should only be philosophy of math and science. $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2014 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ @ManjilP.Saikia: I think Philosophy.SE is a better site to ask $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Oct 29, 2014 at 12:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Ooker But then we could say the same about HSM and say maybe we can use math.SE for the history of math questions? $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2014 at 12:15
  • $\begingroup$ @ManjilP.Saikia: Then again we can use Physics.SE to ask the history of physics, Biology.SE to ask the history of biology... :-s $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Oct 29, 2014 at 12:19
  • $\begingroup$ Yes thats what I mean, so I think philosophy of science and math in a historical context should be okay. But I am hard pressed to give a definitive example. $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2014 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe this site to other specific sites is like ELL to ELU? $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Oct 29, 2014 at 12:22

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Philosophy and History of Philosophy I would consider off topic and is better for Philosophy.SE.

This is because that is still in scope at Philosophy.SE. On the other hand

History of Philosophy of Science and Mathematics should be considered on-topic. This includes meta-mathematics, meta-physics, scientific method etc.

  • $\begingroup$ The reason these kinds of questions are in scope of Philosophy.SE doesn't necessary make them off-topic here. $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Nov 1, 2014 at 11:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Ooker However those who are experts in Philosophy are more likely to be found in Philosophy.SE rather than here. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2014 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ So if someone ask it here, the question is still on-topic. Unless "no philosophy" is hard written on the "What topics should I ask?", I can't find any reason to vote it off-topic. $\endgroup$
    – Ooker
    Nov 1, 2014 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ @Ooker If it is about history of philosophy and/or philosophy itself, this site is not the place for it. If the philosophy is directly related to science or mathematics then it is. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2014 at 12:57

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