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Is post-modernity liminal?

Liminality (from the Latin Limen, meaning threshold) is a technical term deployed in Anthropology describing the ambiguity and disorientation which occurs in rites of passage from an 'earlier' life to ...
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Which one is more usual

Die is the point that we live for Or Live is the point that we die for?! Which one is better? Which one is more usual in societies?
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Is global antirealism global nihilism?

I have two main worries, which are drawn from Nagel and Mackay for their expression, though I think I agree with neither of these philosophers. Nagel's view from nowhere. In our brief life in the ...
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Is there any relation beetwen justification logic and type theory?

Justification logics, was introduced by Sergei Artemov, are epistemic logics which allow knowledge and belief modalities to be ‘unfolded’ into justification terms: instead of □X one writes t:X, and ...
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Is everything statistically describable?

I am really struggling with this question. Do you have an example which is not statistically describable? If not, is everything statistically describable? if yes, why is everything statistically ...
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Does a covert reward destroy the moral value of a moral action?

Should a moral action be evaluated directly as it is with rewards - real or possible - being put aside? In other words - is a consideration of covert rewards that the actor is gaining or those selfish ...
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Why is it necessary to survive?

Why is it necessary to survive ? Every living thing, every single living thing on earth evolves in a way to survive, actually if it wasn't for this motive of survival, no living thing would actually ...
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Is it ever right to act contrary to your moral principles?

In the TV series Monkey, loosely based on the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West, one of the main Buddhist characters is a young monk called Tripitaka, who joins forces with the ...
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The A series and instantaneous change

It looks like noone can help me try and beat McTaggert's infinite regress But if we take for granted that he is right that the A series cannot carve up time on its own: McTaggart also argues that ...
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Can someone give me a definition of a fractional matrix in Laruelle's non-philosophy?

I'm reading The Principles of Non-Philosophy and re-reading Philosophy and Non-Philosophy by François Laruelle and I keep coming across this description of the philosophical decision described as a ...
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What is Sorge (Care) in Heideggers thought?

Sorge is a concept used by Heidegger. Its defined by Miriam-Webster as: concern, care; especially : a feeling bordering on anxiety and is etmologically derived from from Old High German ...
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Avoiding McTaggert's infinite regress

Can a proponent of the A series avoid McTaggert's infinite regress by locating the time t at which something is past present or future along the B series? McTaggart also argues that the A series ...
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I have trouble formulating phrases [on hold]

I believe in 2 things: - We were born to experience life and enjoy it - And each of us as a newborn first was pure and inoffensive Yet there are some adversities in life (poverty, disease, ...
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Consciousness and its relationship to Category Theory [on hold]

Since consciousness is implicitly understood/used in the use of categories , could we consider it a "fundamental" functor ? Category Theory is very general (covering/useful) to many fields now ...
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help with deductive proof

∀x (Fx ∨ x=c), ¬Fb ∧ Gb |- ¬Fa → Ga So far I don't understand how to switch variables around to make it true. I've got a subproof set up assuming ¬Fa and concluding Ga In that proof I make F(b) ∨ b ...
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Is fence sitting ever admirable and valuable?

This quote is from a website for an undergraduate law admissions test of 40 minutes: Don’t sit on the fence. Don’t say that each side in an argument has a point unless you go on to say which point ...
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Semantics vs Deduction

I know you can prove multiple ways, but I actually don't know what each means. Is semantics where you provide a paragraph proof and use objects and deduction where you do subproofs/elimations/intros ...
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Is Rilke an existentialist?

This isn't really an aesthetics question, but a question of interpreting a poem philosophically; a kind of philosophical hermeneutics of poetry; Rilke is well-known as a metaphysical poet. Towards ...
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How can Beauty equal Terror?

Rilke, the German poet, whilst staying at Duino castle near Trieste on the Adriatic sea heard the first words of what he later called the Duino Elegies whilst walking on the cliffs . They are both ...
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Who does Wil Wheaton represent in “Big Bang Theory”?

Following the aesthetics-challenge my first question on this site: In several episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" Wil Wheaton appears. In the credits it is stated that he plays "himself". But I have ...
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Am I an atheist? [on hold]

In the beginning god created the immaterial and material. On the sixth day he created everything that is between yokto in size (10^-24) and yotta (10^24). Including his masterpiece evolution. On the ...
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What is it like to be happy?

I accept that pain is a quale, or qualia. But does anyone suggest that happiness and sadness, aren't - that someone who has never been happy doesn't learn what happiness is by being happy, that we ...
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Is avoiding hypocrisy an impulse for philosophy?

Following on from this thead, and somewhat related to this question that I recently asked: Could the job of philosophy be creating a system of belief in which I [or the thinker in general] can accept ...
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The criteron of manipulatability as un-reality

Entity realists often say that everything that can be manipulated in science is real, even in the unobservable domain. Entity realism is the view that under conditions in which one can ...
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Do we have an obligation to respect our teachers? [on hold]

Many philosophers teach us to respect those who are teaching us. For example, one of the five classics of the Confucian canon [The Classic of Rites - Liji] claims in "Record of Education" that: ...
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Tu quoque and scientific anti-philosophy

Unless I misunderstood this recent thread, the scientifically minded can legitimately only believe in science (not philosophy), and what is "robust and reliable", it's just that they don't prove it's ...
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Can anyone explain the very beginning of The Analysis of Matter to me?

Can anyone explain the very beginning of The Analysis of Matter to me? What exactly is it that he is saying is an aesthetic choice with respect to physics? I just opened up the book and can't get ...
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How is First Order Logic complete but not decidable?

Why doesn't completeness imply decidability for first order logic? First order logic is complete, which means (I think) given a set of sentences A and a sentence B, then either B or ~B can be arrived ...
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Are Societies as an Individual Entity, Aware?

I started this business law class, and I was thinking about my research on AI. I think we've already created ai 1000's of years ago with forms of governments and societies. Our laws and industries ...
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What is water (or any common noun)? [on hold]

What does the term "water" refer to? It can't be any particular H2O molecule, so is it simply the set of all H2O molecules? As you can see, my question is not really about water.
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Is a person responsible for his choices? [on hold]

If a person is influenced by his culture/environment, how can he be responsible for his choices? As our choices are determined by the past actions that affected us in some way.
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Visciously circular arguments against philosophy

Science seeks to explain natural events with natural causes. The Turing hypothesis does this. Beyond the bounds of science, there is no objective argument for anything really, just ...
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When to say ByeBye for a friend? [on hold]

It seems very hard to start recognize this life exponentially at some point in this 'too short-too long life ' and still have relation with old friends(old friends still Insists to be in their brains ...
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Is being “needless” good?

Talking about human needs, suppose that there are two possibilities: We have a need called A and that would be definitely possible to satisfy A anytime we desire. We do not have any need called A, ...
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Satan etc. and Nietzsche

Nietzsche and his character Zarathustra are often said to be the anti-Christ. Does the beast or the devil figure in his writings, either explicitly or via allusion? Is that question important in ...
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Hypocricy and Nietzsche

Can Nietzsche's "genuine hypocrite" cease being a hypocrite and believe in the role he is playing, or is his belief too strong? Nothing seems to me to be rarer today then genuine hypocrisy. I ...
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Ethics of “Piracy as a trial/demo”

I would like to understand the ethical sides of the argument of copyright violation as a form of Demo. I have seen several justifications of this along the lines of: I wish to listen to this one ...
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Resources on the ring of Gyges and mass surveillance?

Plato in the Republic recounts a story about a magical artifact, the Ring of Gyges, in Book II of the Republic. It is a device to motivate an investigation into the collective aspect of morality. ...
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“Saving” Nietzsche

Nietzsche claims we must say "yes" to life, and be healthy and strong that way. But he also makes scathing remarks both in Zarathustra and in his late notebooks, about the Biblical maxim "thou shalt ...
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What sense does Pascal's wager take on after God has died?

What would a Nietzschean wager look like? Can we imagine such a thing? I'm not asking about the eternal return (unless you can include mention of Pascal in your answer.)
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How have philosophers tried to argue for qualia?

What is the difference between the intuition that there is something it is like, qualitative experience, and faith in it? Is it possible to convince someone who doesn't believe there is something it ...
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What would Heidegger make of the end of the Tractatus [on hold]

Would Heidegger find the mysticism at the of the Tractatus, inauthentic? Wittgenstein says: eternal life belongs to he who lives in the present We can be fairly sure that Wittgenstein does not ...
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Do durations really end?

Leading on from this question here. I am trying to construct an understanding of why Husserl and Derrida in Aporias might believe in immortality (though perhaps neither do.) Do any of the ...
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585 views

Why distrust our senses?

It seems self-evident that the phenomena we sense are accurate and correlate to the real world. What sorts of philosophical arguments might cast doubt on this conviction in the veridicality of ...
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Why do people believe a turing machine can be fully conscious?

In his book Consciousness Explained Dennett writes "Anyone or anything that has such a virtual machine as its control system is conscious in the fullest sense" [p281] referring to a Joycean machine ...
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Failed states and Gramsci

The state for Gramsci is not purely the stage for government; he elaborates it as the site for both political and civic society; the first is the realm of force (a la Hobbes leviathan) and the second ...
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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

Zizek often draws on Lacan term the Big Other; what is this and what does it mean? One supposes that there may also then be a little other - is this right? What would be sensible examples of either ...
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Who owns the means of production?

Labour is Marxs term for those who do not own the means of production and thus rely on their own labour - ie they are wage earners. What is his term for those who do own the means of production? Its ...
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Is deconstruction not a method because methodologies are mechanistic?

Deconstruction is a commonly used term in contemporary literary theory as well as philosophy. In Letter to a Japanese Friend, Derrida indicates that Deconstruction is "not a method" and cannot be ...
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What is your understanding of Infinity? [closed]

Infinity cannot be visualized. Or can you? Because space/time is infinite, leads me to believe, we exist in a higher dimension, which can only truly be accessed within. What is your ...

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