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Why is gratitude an euphemism for resentment?

In the novel "Stranger in a strange land" by Robert Heinlein there is this passage: ’Gratitude’ is a euphemism for resentment…The Japanese have five different ways to say ‘thank you’—and every ...
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Is/Ought and Biology

I'd love to start a conversation here and I welcome input and correction. In an effort to establish an idea of morality without appealing to a deity,I have constructed the following claim: P1: It is ...
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About the possibility of A.I. in a robot

If an A.I. system existed in a robot and it was able to constantly reprogram and reconfigure itself in any way ( without disrupting its necessary functions ) and without even partly depending on any ...
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Fungible Money Question

Suppose that there are two people, A and B. Each has a physical dollar bill. Each donates the dollar bill to an organization. The organization buys something for a dollar. First suppose that the ...
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What is the entropy of the universe at the time of the Big Bang? [on hold]

High entropy generally means high disorder; and low entropy low disorder; the two paradigmatic cases that illustrate these two possibilities is a gas, for the first, and a crystal for the second. ...
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Should it be, rather than God or Nature, Nature in God?

Spinozas theology is sometimes represented by the phrase 'God or Nature'; however he specifically notes that only two attributes, of an infinity of attributes of God, are cogtnisible to us - mind and ...
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Mildly interesting: is the number of objects in the universe at any given time finite?

My guess is yes. Here's my reasoning. There are a finite number of atoms in the universe (the current estimate is about 10^80). In other words, the set of all atoms in the (observable) universe is a ...
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Is there a philosophical term for this kind of error/mistake/fallacy?

Say, A (language expression) describes B (subject matter). But one claims that A determines the existence of B. I consider this an error/mistake/fallacy because I think B is prior to A. If I am ...
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Is it OK to reject franchise's continuation if it is made by another team of people? [on hold]

A film, call it F, has a great storyline and the viewers of F want a sequel. Later it turns out that the original team of people A that worked on F has sold the rights to another team of people B. ...
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How is Islam (as either philosophy or religion) relevant to any stage or place in general history especially to our own? [on hold]

Having insight and understanding regarding this question Thomas Aquinas wrote: Muhammad seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His ...
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Can you infer a house exists from the proposition “food cannot be found in any house”?

Give this statement "Food cannot be found in any house (in this area)" Can you correctly infer that "There is AT LEAST a house (in this area)"
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Regarding Atheism and skeptics

Do there exist non-religious or non-christian writers or philosophers that analyse Atheism from a skeptical point of view?
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Is there any reason to believe that there are things which science cannot tell us?

Science can only tell us a posteriori synthetic truths, can this category extend to all propositions about the world. Surely the only things which can by known ONLY by a priori analytic are ...
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I have some naïve ideas about utilitarianism. What should I read that might be related?

I've only taken a few introductory philosophy classes, but I'm very interested in philosophy in general. Within ethics, (I think) I subscribe to utilitarianism in some form. I feel as though most (if ...
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What would Nietzsche's response be to these claims?

"The self (the "I") is the center of moral responsibility." "Morals express something higher in the human spirit, something more noble and more spiritual." "Religion constitutes the essence of the ...
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What are the most basic assumptions being held by humanity which serve as our foundation for thought?

as logic needs some basic assumptions in order to operate we assume some things then based on them we use logic to extrapolate. I think that there is no "fact", we all agree that some things are self ...
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How does Kant go from good will to duty?

In the opening of The Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant starts talking about good will to build grounds for, in so far as I understand, the concept of acting from duty. Could someone ...
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How do laws of nature enforce themselves?

The Humean view prevailing today is that laws of nature are mere regularities of the empirical events. However, there seems to be a difference between post factum regularities, like the Titius-Bode ...
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What is the purpose of winter bash? [migrated]

These kinds of activities are fun. Why do we do them? To bring joy to ourselves or the users?
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Immediateness of consciousness

What are the main arguments brought forth in favour and against the immediateness of consciousness?
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Why do we create? [on hold]

It could be an invention, or an idea, or anything. What is the main reason behind why we create things? I realize that there could be many reasons but I'm wondering if they can be summed up into one ...
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Is the science Physics allowed to ignore the rules of Philosophy of Science resp. the Scientific Method [on hold]

The Scientific Method in Science determines that premises, on which a theory is based, must be experimental verified, when possible. It is however possible that theories of the past are based on ...
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Why is it wrong to deduce determinism from a logical law?

In Aristotle's famous sea battle argument, he argues from bivalence (or something like it) to determinism. Stalnacker has an argument to determinism using standard logical laws, as well. My question ...
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Moral Implications of Consensual Sex of Dementia Sufferers

I'd like to ask a question that has to do with consent. Do you believe that those suffering from dementia are able to fully give consent to sex? Would it be unethical if one were having sex with a ...
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39 views

Is the last man a christian nihilist [on hold]

Simple question. I can't think of much more mediocre, personally for me, than a lapsed Christian that expects God's sacrifice to save them. As Nietzsche said in Thus Sprach Zarathustra: “God is dead: ...
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Middle finger and it's curse [on hold]

Why do people call/ consider the middle finger the cursing middle finger the cursing? Where did that concept originate from?
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Do we dress for other people or ourselves?

This leads to a larger question about ego and ambition, but to keep it simple... A lot of people dress to look good in front of people, so they choose items they think will look good. Other people ...
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Why do we value confidence so highly, or at all?

In most Western societies confidence is highly valued as an aspect of someone's personality, and yet it doesn't necessarily indicate anything about that person, their abilities, their personality, ...
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Why do people become terrorists and will some kind of sperm or egg donation make the situation better? [on hold]

From the recent events and the kinds of terrorist groups like ISIS, I wonder why people become terrorists. My impression is that terrorists are often very desperate people. They don't see any hope ...
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The “point” to an Atheists existence [on hold]

I've recently become Atheist (I am 45). I've slowly transitioned from my childhood's strong Christian upbringing; through Agnostic; to the point where my rational brain has now extrapolated the ...
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Aristotelian Analysis of Forgiveness?

I am in the process of responding to one of the latest Reading Comprehension Questions in my Ethics course. This week we were reading from pages 27-33 of Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (2nd Ed.) ...
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Double arrow elimination

I know that P <=> Q becomes (p => q) ^ (q => p)using double arrow elimination but how about the following ? ~(P <=> Q) becoming ~(p => q) ^ ~(q => p) ? Also (~P <=> Q) ...
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Is autonomy or deduction the more primary component of intelligence?

I find myself again facing a gap in definitions with a given range of philosophical schools. So at the risk of "pushing agenda" or "simply requesting opinion" I would like to ask for other ways of ...
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What is the Ontological Status of History?

Where does history exist? I think it's tempting to say it exists in the mind; however, historical events are not dependent on the mind for their existence. Surely a historical event still exists, even ...
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What are the differences between the process of dying, the event of death, and the state of being dead? [on hold]

I'm having a hard time putting this into words. So far I've only been able to say is that the event of death is the conclusion of the dying process, and that the state of being dead is the state that ...
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Why is violating “the only x and y principle” a problem in personal identity theory?

The only x and y principle states that the relation between "x=y" only depends on facts about x & y. So if we say something like "Bob is this particular human being" then this relationship is only ...
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Are we being controlled and created by something or someone in the 4th dimension? [closed]

To add details to this question: Is this 3 dimension reality some kind of a mirror of the 4th dimension? Imagine you are in the 4th dimension, can things just appear on the 4th dimension and if so why ...
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Why do we do what a police officer tells us to do?

Why do we do what a police officer tells us to do? Why should we do what a police officer tells us? I realized I don't have a satisfactory answer to this after engaging in a related conversation ...
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Recommend some books for starters [closed]

I am 15 and I just finished reading Sophie's World, so I am somewhat itroduced to the philosophy. But I am wandering where to continue since I am not sure I would understand something that is really ...
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Why does Aristotle suggest One is not a number?

Parmenides showed Nothing is not the same as Zero; the second is a number, and the first is not, in more than one sense; it also differs from the Buddhist notion of Sunyatta, which is nothing in a ...
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What emotion corresponds to courage?

In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle outlines an axis for lache (courage); where one extreme is cowardice, and the other recklessness. One can associate the emotion of fear with cowardice, but what ...
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What is one divided by zero?

The Pythagoreans were (probably apocryphally) disturbed by the discovery of irrational magnitudes; its useful pointed out here, that irrational means, in one sense, and not now generally alluded, ...
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Are public trials ethical?

A lot of us may remember Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, George Zimmerman, and the the recent cases about police misconduct. In each of these cases, the individuals were found not guilty by a jury of their ...
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Is the consciousness currently in oneself the same the the consciousness that used to be or in the future will be in oneself?

People seem to believe that one's consciousness is a "different" consciousness than that of others, but the "same" consciousness as the one that has been in one's body in the past and the one that ...
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Why does water appear to be a common creative principle across Indo-European culture?

Thales (one of earliest Greek philosophers) said, as reported by Hippolytus, in the Refutation of all Heresies the archê (principle) and the end of all things is water. All things acquire firmness ...
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How does Parfit's “brain division” thought experiment refute the brain theory of personal identity?

Shoemaker proposes that identical persons are individuals who are psychologically continuous and share the same brain. This is the brain theory of personal identity. However, Parfit takes objection to ...
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Defining the stoic concept of Oikeiosis

What is a helpful definition of the stoic concept of Oikeiosis (οἰκείωσις)? And what are the contexts of each of those definitions? Does the concept change over time?
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Predicate logic and quantifiers

Here are two sentences in Predicate Logic: For all x, there exists a y (If x is F, then x > y) For all x (If x is F, then there exists a y (x > y)) The difference is that in the first example, all ...
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What does it mean to be responsible to the Other? How does our responsibility to the Other diminish an insistence on identity and self-hood?

This is a question I'm having a difficult time understanding for my Philosophy course. I know it has to do with Derrida and Levinas and I know it has to do with the ideas of the Same and the Other. ...
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is it unethical to lie to your mother about certain emails? [closed]

This is a what-if question which is say some teen had a email account and sent emails to people just asking questions and their mother doesn't know about the emails, is it unethical to do this lying ...

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