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Posted by Raunak Mahajan on July 22, 2012

The opening page of Spinoza's magnum opus, Ethics

The opening page of Spinoza’s magnum opus, Ethics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Every Science begins as Philosophy and ends as Art, it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement”- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

The key to innovation could not have been put in a more succinct manner. Compare this to one of the most successful consulting strategies in the world and you realize how hypothesis driven problem solving techniques yield better and faster solutions. Time to quote another one of my favorite thinkers, Spinoza. “…the motion and rest of the body must arise from another body, which has also been determined to motion or rest by another..”-Ethics

Spinoza was laying down his propositions for defining existence, body and mind. But if you apply the same postulate to science you find a relation with Newton’s First Law, that of Inertia.

The more one explores, the more one observes the symbiotic relationship that exists between philosophy, science, art and business. Exploring all dimensions can yield miraculous discoveries.Not surprisingly, the best discoveries and inventions have been realized by individuals who conducted research in multiple disciplines.


3 Responses to “Philosophy-Science-Art-Business”

  1. Thank you for replying to my blog post, “Is Physics Dead? Albeit Very, Very Beautiful?” I do believe that interdisciplinary work is almost always the way to go. You don’t need to be an expert on two (or more) subjects to see the different perspective that one discipline can lend to another.

    In terms of philosophy and science, in particular, the two often go hand-in-hand without any real recognition of that fact. Particle physicists often tangle philosophy into their explanations, and philosophers of metaphysics grapple with many of the same topics that particle physics is concerned with… The language used, however, is not at all the same. Three things are needed:

    -Discussion between people of other disciplines (this involves making discipline-specific language more clear)
    -Openness for “non-experts” to join the conversation and learn the language of a different discipline
    -Acknowledgment when the bounds of one discipline are being left to go to another (i.e. admitting when science crosses over into philosophy)

    Thank you for your interesting thoughts!

    • Raunak said

      thank you so much for sharing such profound thoughts.

      While reading your comments I was reminded of how groups/disciplines have a tendency to come up with their own lingo that makes it difficult for an outsider to get involved in their discussions. And the more the person knows this lingo the more he is considered an expert. I see this happening a lot in the corporate sector as well.

      The three things you suggest are right on the money. But it is difficult to see this because we human beings have an ego and are possessive about what we work on or create. It is important that we realize that beyond a point, the only way to progress is to let go and let others take over where you leave.

      Thanks again for contributing to this post and making it so much better 🙂

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