Our growth as individuals and as a society involves a Lamarckian exchange of our interpretations of experience. In much of our everyday interaction, and particularly in transmitting understanding across cultures and generations, we rely upon language to accomplish that exchange.
The paradigms of science, philosophy and spirituality that I explore in what follows are concerned with the development of languages.
Science develops languages that accurately model objective reality.
Spirituality is the negotiation of the boundaries between "I" and "we". In interpreting our spirituality, then, our concern is with languages that accurately model subjective reality.
Philosophy is properly concerned with clarification of terms, attempting to ensure that we have a rational and consistent basis for communicating meaning.
In coarse-grained terms: Science builds understanding. Spirituality illuminates meaning. Philosophy organizes our understanding of the boundaries between the two.