In Episode 37 of the Elucidations podcast, Catarina Dutilh Novaes discusses methods in philosophy. She talks about four kinds of methodologies:
- Traditional methods: conceptual (a priori) reflection and analysis
- Formal methods: the application of mathematical and logical formalisms to philosophical questions
- Historical methods: the use of the history of philosophy to understand philosophically relevant concepts
- Empirical methods: informing philosophical discussions with empirical results from the sciences
During this discussion, an interesting question about demarcation comes up. What, if anything, separates philosophy from other disciplines? Which of the aforementioned methods, if any, is unique to philosophy? Should we worry about setting clear boundaries between philosophy and other disciplines?
Catarina Dutilh Novaes says that this demarcation worry is recent and misguided. She claims that philosophers should "mingle" with practitioners from other disciplines. Do you agree with her? If so, why?