Date: October 27, 2023 01:36PM
One of the most cited works on Darwinism and evolutionary theory generally, by both philosophers and biologists, including Richard Dawkins, is Daniel C. Dennett's book, *Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life.* In that book, Dennett comments on the role of philosophy in evolutionary theory:
"Scientists sometimes deceive themselves into thinking that philosophical ideas are only, at best, decorations or parasitic commentaries on the hard, objective triumphs of science, and that they themselves are immune to the confusions that philosophers devote their lives to dissolving. But there is no such thing as philosophy-free science; there is only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on board without examination." (p.21)
Here is another quote:
"Philosophical reflection is inherent in any scientific activity, and what is necessary is to guide the experienced researchers to make it explicit, and the inexperienced ones to understand it. Philosophy of science is very important for biology, and biologists will benefit from thinking and reflecting in a philosophical manner."http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2020/08/should-biologists-care-at-all-about-philosophy-of-science/
In my experience, both on RfM and from review of the scientific literature, those people who are dismissive of philosophy are those who do not understand it; do not do it well, and often lack basic critical thinking skills.