At about 16, when starting to take life seriously, I fell in love at once with philosophy and science – in that order – and have attempted to intensify their interaction ever since. As I put it in my inaugural lecture as the professor of philosophy of science at Buenos Aires University (Bunge 1957a), I have tried to philosophize scientifically and approach science philosophically. The philosophical approach to science led me to recast some scientific theories in the axiomatic format, which forces one to focus on the most important concepts and propositions of a field of study, as well as to detect possible sources of trouble. Axiomatize to understand and philosophize to do sound and useful axiomatics. And the scientific approach to philosophical problems has led me to look for both motivation and support in the science of the day. No philosophia perennis for me.
Bunge, M. (2016). Summary, in Between two worlds, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 405-408.
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