Science was formerly an integral part of philosophy, but these two broad disciplines have gradually grown apart and are now typically viewed as completely different endeavors. In this talk, I will argue in favor of a renaissance in the integration of science and philosophy. I will argue first that philosophy can fruitfully contribute to science. I will take the example of stem cells in various contexts (homeostasis, regeneration and regenerative medicine, cancer) to illustrate how philosophy can contribute to science and medicine. Relying on this example, I will also show that for such positive contribution, philosophy needs a good understanding and knowledge of science. The current strong separation of science and philosophy is a barrier to wider thinking in science, and to scientifically well-informed philosophy. In the last part of the talk I will thus suggest more practical solutions to bridge the two disciplines.
15 Sep 2022 - 17 Sep 2022