The question has come up in class, as it inevitably does in philosophy,
what the relationship is between philosophy and physics. This seems
relevant since most students who are taking a first philosophy course are
surprised to find physics questions central to the beginnings of philosophy with the Greeks. Generally, the
subject matter of philosophy includes all other subjects, including
physics, while the individual subjects do not necessarily include
philosophy. (One exception to this is the Sociology of Philosophies.) For example, in large departments of philosophy, there is
usually a philosophy of religion course or program of study. There are, as
far as I know, no courses offered on the religion of philosophy. This is a
bit more complicated today, since
wrote "The Varieties of the Religious Experience" to also study religion
from a scientific point of view. So, today we have the psychology of
religion, the scientific study of religion, the sociology of religion, and
the anthropology of religion. (See for example Pascal Boyer's recent book
Of course, the definition of physics has changed. Originally used by the Greeks it seems to be more what we call Nature in English today instead of the narrower science of physics.
Notice too the next level up would be chemistry. Then perhaps the gene? See the new book...