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What determines individual experience?

I understand that evidence found in neuroscience points to the idea that consciousness, feelings, etc are all generated via biological processes within the brain. Now, Going off the fact that by ...
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What valuable thought came out of Heidegger's Being and Time?

I'm originally studied in natural science, so when I read philosophy I tend to put a lot of it into a scientific context, which usually supersedes whatever I'm reading and effectively stamps it out. ...
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It is also possible theorizing without data

We well know It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Nevertheless, could anyone possibly show me some example(s) as to theorizing without data? Other than that, would you please show ...
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Moral sense theory / Meaning of life

Moral sense theory is as follows in this tip top wiki article. Presumably ? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_sense_theory I was just wondering if anyone says anything similar about the particular ...
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18 views

What is the best order to read Aristotle in?

A question similar to this was asked, but mine is a little more specific. In any given writing of Aristotle I find concepts which it seems he explores in other places. Is there an order in which the ...
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What inspires many to renounce wordy pleasures and live in Ashram?

We seek happiness in life that's why we live. However we are not able to find true source of happiness.If bliss were to find in material objects, why does a man continue to suffer even after amassing ...
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Main passages in Plato's republic

I am a bit unsure about Plato's republic. Is it a piece prose told through Socrates and Plato himself have no part in this work. Secondly, I am unsure about the main passages in the book. I understand ...
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Why isn't “Philosophical Investigations'” style the norm?

As some of you may know (I tend to discuss and talk quite a bit with you fine folk on this topic), I attend a local gathering of people who wish to discuss (somewhat) simple topics of philosphy. It's ...
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Main meaning of the cave in Plato's republic

Can someone explain to me a layman explanation of the importance of the "cave sections" in Plato's republic and some questions that ponder modern philosophers or things I should ponder about the myth ...
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Believe in other Gods (like Odin?) [on hold]

Last couple of days I wonder, why we don't believe in gods like Odin? The vikings used to believe in it. I'm watching the series of 'Vikings' so thats the reason of my question. I really like how ...
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Passage of time on a superluminal vessel [on hold]

Physics SE and Space Exploration SE thought this was off-topic for them, so I'm trying it here. Sorry if I'm doing it wrong. As I understand, within an event horizon, spacetime gets rotated so that ...
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The legality of marriage [on hold]

I am confuse because I am not so familiar if this situation is not contradict of the law.I have a boyfriend who is married but their separated almost 13 years of his wife,their marriage was not annul ...
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Where to begin Nietzsche?

I am a mathematics student, but always interested in philosophical arguments especially on Love and God. I am also currently studying an extra course on philosophy of rationality which discusses ...
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How can the concept good and evil be defined in the context of decision awareness?

If we are unaware of the vast majority of decisions that we're making (because they are made at a quantum level), how can we define the concept of good and evil? (saying that we made a good / bad ...
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Yhwh: Exodus 3, 14. «I am that I am» and relationship to Metaphysics as Ontology

The passage of Exodus 3:14, where God presents Himself as «I am that I am», is it historically previous to Parmenides, the greek philosopher? I'm reading a manual on metaphysics as ontology. If I'm ...
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58 views

Does there a unifying concept of sin that works for all religions?

If we agree with the definition from Wikipedia, i.e. that it is "an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law," then it would be the divine law (and not us) that decides what sin ...
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An article by Jacob Pandian

There is an article named "The Dangerous Quest for Cooperation Between Science and Religion" by Jacob Pandian. I could not find it online. The article is also in a book Science and religion: Are they ...
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How to give proof for Q ∧ R with the premisse ¬(¬¬¬P ∨ P)?

I'm trying to use fitch to get to an answer, but I'm really confused right now. Can someone help?
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Can one morally justify “wants”, as opposed to needs?

Basic human needs are often defined as food, shelter, and clothing, so for this question I will use this basic definition. I feel at some point in most peoples' lives, they find they have what most ...
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What is feeling nice and not nice in philosophical psychology? [on hold]

What is feeling nice and not nice in philosophical psychology? In another word, how many and what is definition are there to be good or bad?
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Necessary and sufficient conditions [on hold]

Can anyone plz solve these questions for me? The report makes reference to branches. It must be about a tree. The boxer dosent eat meat of fish. He does eat dairy products and vegetables. The boxer ...
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Does the existence of ethics(as a set of rules) imply lack of empathy in humans?

Suppose we would have enough empathy to understand each other in any circumstance. Wouldn't all the discussion of any problem resolve to free will(of the participants of the problem) only? Would, in ...
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How to know the exact meaning of the word? [on hold]

I was wondering that sometimes I have feelings that doesn't mean fear but when I describe that feeling to my friends they said this is fear , Can we define exact meaning for each feeling ? for example ...
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What are the arguments in favor of scepticism today?

It seems that today the common opinion is that Wittgenstein "killed" philosophical scepticism with his Philosophical Investigations and his private language argument. After P.I, the number of ...
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Are there any philosophy books for an intelligent nine-year-old?

I would like to buy some books on philosophy for the child of a friend. He is very intelligent and mathematically able and clever for a nine-year-old. I remember near that age really enjoying the idea ...
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Examples of universalizable maxims in Kantian ethics

I'm taking a two year course on philosophy and ethics. At the moment, we're studying Kantian ethics. I understand Kant's theory of "act by a maxim that you would want universalized" and the three ...
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What's the difference between superstition and religion?

Both are based on what people say and believe to, so is it a matter of faith?
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What if the tallest height is considered the most beautiful? [on hold]

What if some people defined the tallest height is considered the most beautiful? Some philosopher claimed that the most beautiful human doesn't exist. Can there be any "most beautiful" human?
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My thoughts on time [on hold]

I'm not sure if this belongs here or the physics section but I'd like to hear your opinion on this. I've recently thought about time and what it actually is, and I'm battling between two arguments: ...
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Is sophistry useful?

I read from Lazlo Versenyi's Socratic Humanism (p. 1-72, 1963). "The first part of this book offers a thoughtful and provocative defense of the Sophists" (D. A. Hyland, The Origin of Philosophy: Its ...
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What is the philosophy behind the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics?

Perhaps it is a stereotype, but I assumed that most physicists are empirical realists (external reality affects our senses, and science infers a representation of it from sensory data). At the same ...
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Simple Predicate Logic Questions (transcription and interpretation)

Taking an introductory logic course and we're currently transitioning from sentence logic to predicate logic. It's not really clicking for me just yet. There are 2 specific questions from the textbook ...
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Major Themes in Plato's Republic

Please don't take my question as any form of offense. I am a high school student and I accidentally chose a advanced philosophy course that I am stuck with. I am studying Plato's republic ...
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Can deontic conditionals be indicative?

To check my understanding, the following is an indicative deontic conditional, correct? "If you live in Texas, you ought to watch football." It is indicative in the sense that it is reporting on ...
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Is there any philosophical value in “atheistic theology”

Apologies for the slightly clickbait title. I am an atheist, and I have no philosophy training at all. My questions are actually pretty simple. Are there questions in theology/religious philosophy ...
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Why does Zizek always jump to generalizations after describing a concrete example?

Having read a handful of Zizek's books and articles, you can see that there is a pattern in how he jumps to some general claim after describing an actual situation/joke. Most of the times I feel these ...
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Husserl and radical skepticism

I read the beginning of Husserl's Cartesian Meditations, and there Husserl called Descartes a 'radical' on the grounds of his radical skepticism not being a passive "learning" process. I think Husserl ...
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Mathematical reductionism: senseless

Does it make any sense to ask if logic can be reduced to math? Truth be told I have no idea what the inverse logical reduction could look like. Naturally I'm familiar with a kind of reductionism, in ...
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Would this morality be truly objective?

I'll be working on the assumption that the general scientific consensus is correct and that the evidence does, indeed, point inescapably towards the fact that we are primates with a well-developed ...
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Lying to donate blood

As a gay man in a committed, stable, monogamous, STD-free relationship, I am ineligible to give blood to any major blood bank unless I lie about my sexual conduct. The wording they ask the question in ...
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33 views

What could be a neural correlate for attending the phenomenal nature of experience?

This is probably a question for non-materialists. I think I have heard the opinion that for anything of which we are phenomenally conscious there exists a neural correlate. For example, If I am ...
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Kant - analytic/synthetic propositons

I attend a small gathering of philosophers and guest speakers in my local town where we are sometimes lucky enough to get a professor from some university or college to come to give guest lectures. ...
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Should the easiness with which math is applied to the world be a surprise?

I study physics at an undergraduate level. Since early on, I've was a person who thought math was 'logical' and as such, its applications to the world aren't really a surprise since math is so ...
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26 views

What does «the fieri of the effect» mean?

What does «the fieri of the effect» mean, in the context of metaphysics/ontology? I've tried using several dictionaries, but the either got strange meanings, or no results at all... any help would ...
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Dark Forest Postulate used to explain the fermi paradox?

This is the founding premise of science fiction "The Three Body Problem" It starts with two axioms Survival is the most important goal of every civilization Every civilization will continue to ...
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How rigorous is the Dark Forest Postulate used to explain the fermi paradox? [closed]

This is the founding premise of science fiction "The Three Body Problem" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three-Body_Problem It starts with two axioms Survival is the most important goal of every ...
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Kant (Groundwork of the metaphysic of morals) [on hold]

What sort of law must the will desire if the motivation is to be strictly free of consequences?
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We know substances by means of their accidents?

Where does Aristotle or St. Thomas Aquinas say we know substances by means of their accidents? For example: To know the substance of an apple, I first have to sense its quantity and qualities: shape, ...
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20 views

Ontological monism (in general) and physicalism (in particular) usefulness

Let's take physicalism as a convenient example, as it given on Wikipedia: In philosophy, physicalism is the ontological thesis that "everything is physical", that there is "nothing over and ...
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Are passive observation and active experimentation the only ways of knowledge production?

This is the topic of my essay for a high school theory of knowledge class. I think that the question implies that all knowledge stems directly (in the case of passive observation) or indirectly (in ...

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