Science and its limits: Constantinos Zachos

  1. Lemma
  2. Η επιστήμη και τα όριά της: Κωνσταντίνος Ζάχος
  3. Greek, Modern (1453-)
  4. Discusssing the limits of science (en)
  5. Delli, Eudoxie
  6. Modes of interaction > Orthodox critique of science - Orthodox Anthropology - Education, Science and Orthodoxy - Ecology and the environment - Concepts of knowledge and modes of reasoning > Philosophy of science/epistemology - Concepts of knowledge and modes of reasoning
  7. 2-11-2017
  8. Zachos, Constantinos [Interviewee]. Science and its limits: Constantinos Zachos
  9. YouTube
  10. Reality - neuroscience - conceptions of the Self - Consciousness - terms and concepts of Soul - infinity - Meaning -sense-significance - Maximus the Confessor
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    1. <p>Constantinos, Z. (2016, July 16). Science and its limits: Constantinos Zachos [Video file]. Retrieved from</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>
    1. In this interview Constantinos Zachos discusses with Dr Vasilis Constantoudis (in the web series «Discussing the limits of science» - his own intellectual trajectory from sciences to philosophy and theology together with the subject of the limits of science and the significance of theology regarding the illustration of human existence. He considers science to be far more realistic, but believes that it excludes a big part of human nature and self, by reducing the meaning and the finality of life to natural mechanism alone. Philosophy and theology embrace reality at a deeper lever and answer questions about humanity in a way that science cannot. He believes science to be conceit, and that it is not justified for scientists to have a say about everything. A plethora of subjects in science are still in the stage of research which means they can be contradicted, and the limits of the tools science uses, create a barrier that does not allow a better approach in explaining reality. Great scientists acknowledge the finite capacity of science and realize the existence of something greater.

      Regarding ecology, he considers it to be the study of the fundamental principles of nature, but even there science meets its limits. The same goes for biology. Conscience is the “hard problem” of biology, as chemistry, neurology etc. and cannot explain the existence of conscience and subjectivity. He sees the soul as the “ghost” of the “machine”, and by “machine” he realizes the human body. Biology simply explains the mechanics but if the machine is all there is, humans have nothing to answer for. Human existence is multi-dimensional and cannot be explained by science alone.

      Reality has no limits, but science explains nothing but a part of it. He regards it as absolutely necessary, but believes that we need new approaches towards explaining the world and the human nature.

      As science is moving forward, humanity is not, which calls for a new way of nurturing the human mind. This new way is the internal search of humans that stems from something greater and higher than us.