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“Listen to the science,” Greta Thunberg has repeatedly urged policy-makers. And she is right. When it comes to climate change, our politicians have paid far too little notice of what scientists have been saying to them, with increasing urgency, since the 1970s. In the area of climate change, we should indeed “listen to the science”. In fact, our very survival may depend on it. However, we would all do well to remember that scientific understanding is not the only kind of understanding. Wittgenstein identified two very distinct forms of understanding: the theoretical and the non-theoretical. Scientific understanding is given through the construction and testing of hypotheses and theories; philosophical understanding, on the other hand, is resolutely non-theoretical. What we are after in philosophy, according to Wittgenstein, is “the understanding that consists in seeing connections.” Wittgenstein reminds us, in understanding ourselves, we have to listen to the artists, musicians and writers whose work demonstrates a sensitive grasp of the “imponderable evidence” that will forever elude science.
2020 kl. 18.30