philosophy, as i shall understand the word, is something intermediate between theology and science. like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as to which definite knowledge has, so far, been unascertainable; but like science, it appeals to human reason rather than to authority, whether that of tradition or that of revelation. all definite knowledge—so i should contend—belongs to science; all dogma as to what surpasses definite knowledge belongs to theology.

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but between theology and science there is a no man's land, exposed to attack from both sides; this no man's land is philosophy. almost all the questions of most interest to speculative minds are such as science cannot answer, and the confident answers of theologians no longer seem so convincing as they did in former centuries.


russell, r. (1963). bertrand russell. a history of western philosophy and its connection with political and social circumstances: from the earliest times to the present day. (9a ed., p. 895). nueva york: simon & schuster