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Mass surveillance and the concealed subject of power

In Spivaks essay, can the Subaltern speak, she states that: [the] contemporary invocations of the libidinal economy and desire as the determining interest, combined with practical politics of the ...
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How inaccurate is a History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

I finished reading 'A History of Western Philosophy' by Bertrand Russell a while ago. Not being an expert by any stretch I thought it was very good (informative, accessible, enjoyable etc..). But I ...
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Does the word “interesting” have more to smth external than content?

I noticed that the word interesting has more to do with something related to perception, form, shape than to something which could be attributed to mental, intelligent or content. This is why ...
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Light and darkness don't separate them use them wisely [on hold]

I'm bethwell from Sa qualified millwright now,studing the philosophy of life and beyond with different institution under different books,religion ,philosophy,mathematics,logic,and all other darkness ...
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Is there a sheaf-theoretic description of para-consistent logics?

Paraconsistent logics drop the notion of global consistency, instead they have a notion of local consistency. In sheaf-theory, or categorical logic, as in topos theory, there is a notion of local ...
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Why do many people derive comfort from objectivism?

Many people derive comfort from the idea that there is an objective reality, and that there are objective truths, independent of our own individual subjective perceptions. Why should this be so? Why ...
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Self determination in non atomistic time?

I am reading the book " perspective in whiteheads metaphysics" by Stephen David Ross. On page 182 he says" whiteheads theory of events is atomistic-primarily to allow for self determination, but the ...
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Is there provably a largest cardinal consistent with ZF

Reinhardt cardinals are the largest cardinals yet defined in ZF (they are the critical points of a non-trivial elementary embeddig of V into itself), are they provably the largest possible? Is there ...
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What are the rebuttals (if any) to Berkeley's dismissal of “primary qualities”?

I am rereading Berkeley's Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous and am curious about any subsequent works which actively rebut his dismissal of primary qualities. From the first dialogue: ...
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What is the difference between a statement and a proposition?

I'm doing a MOOC on mathematical philosophy and the lecturer drew a distinction between a proposition and a statement. This is very puzzling to me. My background is in math and I regard those two ...
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What is the definition of Derrida's term “dissemination”?

Derrida is hard to sum up but can someone define his notion of "dissemination" or does anyone know a good passage where he defines it? I know that Derrida writes on dissemination and has an original ...
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Was Augustine intentionally ambiguous? (Regarding free will)

So many scholars have written about St. Augustine and his views on free will, but there is little consensus to be formed from their literature. According to John Rist: There is still no consensus ...
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Should we save endangered languages?

There are over six thousand living languages in the world, of which more than one thousand are defined as "endangered" - they are at serious risk of becoming extinct, with no living speakers. Rather ...
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Death: A finite ending?

From the viewpoint of an atheist, when you die, you cease to exist. Your brain has grown old, and can no longer sustain the trillions of electrical signals that constituted who you once were. ...
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does the mind consciously or unconsciously plays a trick on itself by dividing itself? a battle of antitheses? [on hold]

one thought fighting another thought. a desire opposing another desire. frgmentation inside.one wanting to overcome greed or trying not to be violent which is violence too.
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is knowledge an impediment for seeing things the way they are? is silent observation the true instrument of comprehension?

when we are in a state of not knowing there is much more sensitivity, choiceless awareness, impartial observation, it seems to me.its knowledge the cloud of belief, conclusions preventing the true ...
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Doubt about Gödel's first Incompleteness Theorem [on hold]

In this sense G is not only unprovable but true, and provability-within-the-theory-T is not the same as truth. In this sense G is not only unprovable but true, and provability-within-the-theory-T is ...
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are there separate things in existence? or they are fragmented psycologically? [on hold]

we all believe so but isnt it a subjective manipulation? I can see it is an illusion only when the mind is silent. is it true?
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Is feeling the heaviness of something a quale?

When I pick up an object, I feel its heaviness. Classical mechanics tells us that what determines how heavy something feels to a given person is a property of matter called mass. I see a kind of ...
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Sartrian Freedom Compatible with Determinism?

In Being and Nothingness, Sartre talks about how humans are "condemned to be free". But I was wondering if, because Sartre's philosophy is phenomenological ontology, what this really amounts to is ...
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What is the difference between epistemic and ontological when it comes to special relativity?

I'm taking my first philosophy class and am writing my first paper on the notion of simultaneity, yet I find myself reading words such as 'epistemic' and 'ontological' which I'm finding very difficult ...
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Inductive argument for infinite number of cities

Think of a city, say the capital of Germany, Berlin. Now I can easily come up with another city, like San Fransisco. Now with two cities in mind, I can still come up with another city (Stockholm, for ...
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what is the self? does it exist as a reality or just as a belief? [on hold]

what is it labeled as self, I, me, ego? THE SENSE OF SELF IS A MERE PROGRAM INSTILLED IN OUR MIND BY TRADITION, EDUCATION, ?
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Intuition as long term rational thinking

I read this article about intuition (gut feeling?) on wikipedia, and I simply can't get my head over it. Why is intuition considered as "acquiring knowledge without interference or the use of reason". ...
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Am I morally obligated to pursue a career in medicine?

I am a high school student who has no formal training in philosophy, so I apologize if this question seems naïve. However, it is one that I am currently facing in a life decision, and I would like a ...
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Why do people threaten each other? [on hold]

My question is why people sometimes threaten each other. Answers will be appreciated. Thank you.
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What is a Horizon?

What do phenomenologists mean by "Horizon". I thought I understood it from the context when I first saw it, but every time I see it I get more confused. Now I have no idea. Can someone explain what ...
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What will be the outcome of an open source project without the supervision of an expert group? [on hold]

Edited on 20th April Currently open source projects always have a group of developers who give direction and approve commits to the project. A sort of an expert committee, probably accepted by ...
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About Godel and philosophy [on hold]

Does Godel's Inconsistency Theorem show no system (that can represent logic and arithmetic 'within' itself) can use some type of logic in order to 'prove' somehow its logic is consistent? If so what ...
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What is the true case of immortality [on hold]

Im having questions on whether the bodily existence when once has reached its limits verges into an eternal life void of all negative aspects
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Argument where premises cannot all be true

Is an argument whose premises logically cannot be true at the same time a valid one? It seems it would be "vacuously" valid but I'm not sure about the precise definitions. Ie, is the following a ...
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What's the difference between cloning and metabolism in terms of affecting personal identity?

Suppose I'm cloned when I am alive. Provided there is a technology that can copy ALL my mental states into the clone, such as memories, values, beliefs and the like. No more, no less. Also there is ...
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School Board Ethics

When a school board needed to fill a vacant seat on the board, they had to choose between two people. They publically announced that they were selecting one of the people because he had grandchildren. ...
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On the Axiom of Infinity

Russell, in Principia Mathematica, says the following of his Axiom of Infinity: "The axiom of infinity will be true in some possible worlds and false in others" He is notoriously sheepish about ...
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Chinese Beliefs about God and the physical world [closed]

I'm not sure if this question ought to be here, but I hope someone can help me out anyway... What is the major religious belief in China nowadays? Traditional buddhism taught by Gautama Buddha (i.e. ...
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Non-Self-Referential Derivation of Inference rule

Prove the inference rule below "non-self-referentially," i.e., without using the inference rule to be proved itself, by deriving its corresponding conditional or biconditional without any premise. (at ...
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Why the human mind can say stories that never happened?

Why the human mind can say stories that never happened? are there a kind of hidden connection between many worlds interpretation?
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Existence of abstract objects for a physicalist

Let's say I'm a physicalist. Usually then, I will think of abstract objects as mental constructs, which are dictated by mental states, which, as a physicalist will say, are manifestations of physical ...
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About philosophical questions

Can there be a clear answer to a specific philosophical question that most people who understand the question can agree on without diverging into many competing -isms or schools of thought? Maybe ...
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Semantic vs syntactic consequence

I see that the double turnstile ⊨ denotes the semantic consequence of some sentence of logic, and single turnstile ⊢ denotes the syntactic consequence of some model. This seems equivalent to me. Why ...
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What is the difference between intension and intention?

What is the difference between intention and intension? If one intends to do something is this intent part of the concept of intension?
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Rational irrationality of emotions and simulated annealing

When a colleague of mine stated that "emotions are life's simulated annealing" I found that idea very interesting. In order to explain why let me describe briefly the optimization algorithm known as ...
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How can space be at rest?

Newton conceived space as being: Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure ...
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How can a particle be at rest?

Newton conceived space as being: Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure ...
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Is Deontic Logic applicable in Computer Science?

Deontic logic gives rise to a number of paradoxes when applied to our reasoning about moral values. These days it is starting to be applied in computer science. My worry is: doesn't the presence of ...
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What do philosophers mean by 'conceivable'?

Philosophers, especially in analytic metaphysics, often talk about the conceivability of things. Here are some examples: I can conceive a perfect being, therefore, a perfect being is possible. ...
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Does society influence homosexuality? [closed]

This practice is becoming more and more prevalent in our world. It leads me to ask: is it our society/culture that is influencing this behavior?
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Provable and contradictory?

For each consistent formal theory T having the required small amount of number theory, the corresponding Gödel sentence G asserts: "G cannot be proved within the theory T". This interpretation of G ...
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When translating universal affirmatives should we use implication or conjunction?

Sometimes, when translating a sentence like "All dogs are animals", I often see it represented like this: (∀x)(Px ⊃ Qx) However, I feel like the following is also a good translation: (∀x)(Px ∧ Qx) ...
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Is it possible ever to be free of self-centred activity?

Is there a real self apart from the self-created image?

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