The role of scientific definition in delineating the boundaries of science and philosophy

Keywords: definition, science, nature of philosophy


The boundaries between philosophy and science have always been a subject of interest for researchers. A whole spectrum of sciences has separated from philosophy over time, limiting the scope of philosophy itself. This gave grounds to some thinkers arguing that there will be time when philosophy will disappear completely. The article shows that there will always be the subject of philosophy. The task of philosophy is to ask questions and the task of science is to answer them. To answer the question of cognition, science must formulate definitions of concepts being studied. However, there are such things that are impossible to define as they are the most common of their kind and generic concepts to them cannot be found. These concepts are God, world and human soul. They always remain uncertain, but they are decisive for further cognition. Cognition of any phenomenon is always based on general ideas about God, world and man.

Author Biographies

Oleh Shepetiak, Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University

PhD, Doctor of Science in Philosophy, Professor of Department of Philosophy of the Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University

Oksana Shepetiak

PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences, Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics


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How to Cite
Shepetiak, O., & Shepetiak, O. (2022). The role of scientific definition in delineating the boundaries of science and philosophy. IDEAS. PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNAL. SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC ISSUES, (1(19)-2(20), 18-30.
Philosophy of Science and Technology