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what if aliens had diffrent morals

This question is intended for anyone who does not espouse a belief in total "moral relativism." If intelligent aliens existed, would it be our duty to treat them the same way we treat fellow humans? ...
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Roko's Basilisk as Descartes' evil genius?

I'll try to pose a shortened version of Roko's Basilisk below and then ask about how it relates to Descartes' evil genius: The idea is that down the line may it be decades or centuries from ...
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What values, if any, (created by the Mankind) will survive the Mankind itself?

Introduction Humankind - is just a stage in the chain of stages, of which evolution of Nature is comprised of. Essentially at some point in time the Humankind, as we know it, will cease to be the ...
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Is 'with great power comes great responsibility' true? [on hold]

I wonder if the quote with great power comes great responsibility is true. If you don't use the power, what's the point of taking responsibility?
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Do people have the right to split off part of a sovereign state?

On one hand we have sovereign nation states with stable, recognised borders. On the other hand there can be groups of people inside them that want to split off to become independent, or join a ...
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What could be the cause of the “thinking about being aware state”, and how can someone jolt out of that? [on hold]

I came across Eckhart Tolle's literature a couple of months ago. I had read some article about Osho and his views a long time ago, but due to some reason, i didn't pay that much attention to it. I ...
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What are the implications of Baudrillard's ideas to epistemology?

I would simply like to know what you guys think... what points does his social theory, including his concept of hyperreality, intersect with theory of knowledge?
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Is our Philosophy, the Human Philosophy, the only possible Philosophy which can exist?

What I'm asking is if is there any possibility for a Non-human Philosophy, that is, a Philosophy founded on questions which we can't even conceive. Is possible a Philosophy of questions which only can ...
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Are 3 concepts of Dialectics (formulated by Hegel/Engels) applicable to Humankind, which is being considered itself as an object of Nature? [on hold]

This question complements the question Do higher level comprehensive Laws, which govern the phenomena of Nature, exist? Also see below listed link as a reference for my question Alexander R. ...
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According to Wikipedia, science can be divided into empirical science (such as natpirical s

According to Wikipedia, science can be divided into empirical science (such as natural science and social science) and formal science (such as mathematics, logic, statistics). I was wondering if ...
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Plz Answer this question that i have asked [duplicate]

Socrates (or, rather Plato, through the voice of Socrates) leads us to the conclusion in the dialog Protagoras (see this for example) that our actions are entirely determined by our beliefs of what is ...
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Consolation for failure or fear of failure?

What philosophers have specifically explored failure and the fear of failure? What works / passages?
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What philosophical school does Raskolnikov belong to in Crime and Punishment?

At the beginning of the novel, Raskolnikov sees himself as a “superman,” a person who is extraordinary and thus above the moral rules that govern the rest of humanity. His estimation of himself ...
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Could a machine or an AI ever feel genuine human-like emotions?

The question of "Could a machine/AI ever feel genuine human-like emotions"? arises in movies such as Bladerunner, IRobot, Star Trek and A.I among others. What is the philosophical arguement behind why ...
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Where did Machiavelli say that “the ends justify the means”?

I have read The Prince, Discourses on Livy and The Art of War. In none of these books did I find the quote oft-attributed to Machiavelli that “the ends justify the means”. Did he say it? If so, where? ...
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What verb is the opposite of 'realize'? [on hold]

Some philosophers speak of mental events physically realizing. (E.g. The conscious experience of pain realizes in the activation of the c-fibers in the brain.) I suspect that there is a verb that ...
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What would Kant say? [on hold]

Suppose that in the Middle East, Hamas has begun using children as human shields against Israeli attacks. Ignoring the source of the conflict, whatever initially sparked it, and assuming both sides ...
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For Aristotle, is definition a kind of “saying of”?

In Categories, Aristotle says that particulars can't be said of anything. But it seems possible to say of Socrates that he is the Athenian whose name is Socrates. Supposing there can be only one ...
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Is per “per capita” amount of knowledge nowadays steadily decreasing, true or false? [on hold]

This question complements the question Do higher level comprehensive Laws, which govern the phenomena of Nature, exist? Also see below listed link as a reference for my question Alexander R. ...
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How and why is this an equivocation (logical fallacy)?

I tried this reference, but don't perceive the following, at 60%-way down this page: "Nothing is better than" Margarine is better than nothing. Nothing is better than butter. ...
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Why does human logic change with rate of change? [on hold]

For example, if taxes rose by 10 percent next year people would be outraged and go crazy. But, if taxes were to rise slowly to that amount, there would be far less upheaval. Another example is gas ...
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Why do we want to be happy? [on hold]

The question is really simple, but at the same time really deep. Why do we seek for a life that would make us happy? Why for example wouldn't we want to be sad? Or to be neither happy nor sad? Why do ...
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Secular argument for immortality

I was inspired by the following question, which is unfortunately on hold: Has the question of after-life been discussed in philosophy? Given there is a secular argument for the soul (see the ...
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What reason does an individual have to vote?

Given that the outcome of an election will be the same whether one individual votes or not, what reason does that individual have to vote? Obviously there is an extremely unlikely case where one vote ...
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Why is this an appeal to pity? Is it truly a fallacy?

I tried http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_to_pity. I kmow I flunked every exam, but if I don't pass this course, I'll have to retake it in summer school. You have to let me pass! Why is this ...
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Logical consequence and material conditional - Are they the same?

I'm taking basic discrete math course which includes basic intuitive introduction to logic (only things like statements, tautology truth tables, etc.). During the learning, I've wondered what is the ...
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Any human language contains some knowledge of the Nature and laws of its development - true or false?

This question complements the question Do higher level comprehensive Laws, which govern the phenomena of Nature, exist? Also see below listed link as a reference for my question Alexander R. ...
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What kinds of philosophy are described by these questions? How to self-learn them?

Is there a formal branch or name for the kind(s) of philosophy needed to answer questions like the following ? If so, how can I self-learn it? I stress that no legal knowledge is required. The ...
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How to self-learn legal arguments, logic, and reasoning?

What are some readable, eloquent (without legalese) books on arguments, fallacies, logic, and reasoning, as applied and used in law? This question is aimed towards a greenhorn/tenderfoot with ...
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Where is philosophy today [closed]

Basically I'd like to know which are the main philosophical schools today (meaning maybe the last 5-10 or even 15-20 years), where they come from and, if there is a reasonable answer, where are they ...
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Could someone cite me philosophical works, which cover the development of Nature and where all 3 meanings of evolution, enumerated below, are used? [closed]

This question complements the question Do higher level comprehensive Laws, which govern the phenomena of Nature, exist? Also see below listed link as a reference for my question Alexander R. ...
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Why do we have a problem about understanding the concept of the “empty set”?

   The title seems quite bit more generalized, but I'm saying about the philosophers and mathematicians in the past who discussed about the concept of nothing, or the empty set. I'm ...
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Was Jesus a philosopher?

I apologise for being brief, and this question likely will get put on hold, as there can be no definitive answer if he was or was not, plus it can induce debate. Reasoning that Jesus was a philosopher ...
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Is Mathematics considered a science?

Science, generally is analyzing information gathered from observing phenomena, and coming up with theories to try and explain the phenomena. Then, attempting to predict a new phenomenon before it ...
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Is noise necessary so as to have music?

Granted the following assumptions: Music can be thought of as a string of sounds. Noise can also be thought of as a string of sounds. Every sequence of sounds can be considered music. Would the ...
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Do higher level comprehensive Laws, which govern the phenomena of Nature, exist? [closed]

See below listed link as a reference for my question Alexander R. Povolotsky – Quantitative analysis of knowledge. Philosophy October 21, 2011 ...
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Who is my Idol? [closed]

I had asked a question who is your Idol. I couldn't answer it , I think lot and decide to who will my Idol? "Everyone is my Idol who is perfectionist in their profession". This one become my quote.
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Is there any philosophical controversies if a country is consist of all lawyers but one farmer as the king? [closed]

In Utopian, it allows no lawyers by some philosophical logic and in other literature, philosopher should be the king. What is the philosophical controversies if a country is consist of all lawyers ...
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How should people who don't follow the “golden rule” be treated?

I think the value and effectiveness of the golden rule as guide to ethical conduct is self-evident, so far as the individual is recieving equivalent treatment in return among peers. Yet, I have ...
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Can I assume that “Normative Ethics (Moral theory)” all about “Justice”?

It seems that absolute goodness is impossible to convince or to prove logically other than within religious communities. Q1) Am I thinking right here? If there is no absolute goodness except from ...
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Is there any logical connection between Plato's theory of forms and the savant syndrome?

First of all i would like to state my understanding of 'Plato's theory of forms' (very short version; excuse my poor english): The platonic ideas are much more than mere representations in the human ...
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Is this an Ad Hominem attack?

"I can only deduce that if you spout pro-palestinian rhetoric, and ignore that they are the initial aggressor because you aren't concerned with that truth, and you site Youtube as your source (as ...
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Has the question of after-life been discussed in philosophy? [closed]

There are a lot of debates and arguments about whether a 'monotheistic' God exists or not; they are usually directed toward the God of the Old and New Testament. Outside of that, there been not much ...
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Are actions amoral?

Can action have a moral attached to it or is it the intentions behind the action that has moral? Or is this question meaningless because action cannot exist without intention, therefore the action ...
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Why does the average mind act to fulfill his desires?

Let's consider the following experiment: We tell a human to choose between two things, one is a "tasty" dish, and the other is a dish that doesn't is flavorless. Those two dishes have the same ...
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Do human rights exist?

What is the basis for believing that there is such a thing as human rights? I am all for human rights but it could be argued that the notion of human rights is imaginary and reducable to absurdity ...
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Marc Lange's stability concept of laws of nature: how do disjunctive antecedents work?

Dear philosophizing community! I'm an ecology student who's dabbling into philosophy of science. I'm currently writing a term paper on laws of nature (with a focus on ecology as a special science) ...
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Does any ethical theory concern value prioritization?

Please pardon my wordings (a big hurdle for a non-native english speaker) My short knowledge recognizes Kant's system quite unique in the sense that it does not have any materialistic value ...
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“Value” of an individual in a complex situation

In the movie Time Machine (2002) there is a scene in which the protagonist and his girlfriend are walking in the park and the robber they meet wants to take her ring (bought for her by the ...
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Is being selfish a good thing or a bad thing? [closed]

Should I care about my family in need or should I care about other people in need??

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