Inescapability of Philosophy

Thinking about the gay caveman and the media attention given to it, I’m left with a few thoughts.

It is currently the case that “science” and to a lesser extent “history” are the leading intellectual pressure-points.  If science can speak to us, then we are to listen and obey.  If history teaches us, then we must react to it in a politically appropriate way.  But here’s the reality- science and history are both methods of observation.

Science answers the question “What is this?”  History answers the question “What was this?”  But neither can answer the question “What does this mean?”  Neither can answer the question “What should we do about this?”

And those last two questions are what most folks seem to be interested in.  That’s when philosophy steps in.