Monday, 3 June 2013

Maths and Philosophy

Mathematics and Philosophy seem to me to be the last of the true Academic subjects. One does not read Philosophy to "get a job", as is the case with all Commerce subjects, and a majority of Science and Humanities as well. Maths (at least pure maths) is similarly abstract and unpractical. Study maths in order to teach it one day, maybe.

Of the two, Maths is probably seen as more practical. Even banks employ Mathematicians, and you don't get much less academic than FNB. Whereas the Philosophy Factory never made past a surprisingly popular meme.

But studying for a Philosophy exam tomorrow and a Maths exam the day after (yes, that's why I'm currently writing this), Philosophy seems so much more practical than maths. Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals has practically changed the way I think about and live life. The fact that the derivative of sin(x) is cos(x), and the fact that I can write out a geometric proof for this has done no such thing. Nor do I think it ever will.

Sorry, maths.

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