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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 represents Wil Wheaton in “Big Bang Theory”?

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

Many philosophers teach us to respect those who are teaching us. E.g. one of the five classics of the Confucian canon [The Classic of Rites - Liji] claims in "Record of Education" that Upon ...
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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 moral actions? [on hold]

If a person is influenced by his culture/environment? How can he be responsible for his actions?
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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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Ring of Gyges and mass surveillance

Plato in the Republic recounts a mythical story of the Ring of Gyges in book 2 of the Republic. It is a device to understand the nature of morality; that is whether a man would be moral if he need not ...
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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 Tractaus

I mean early Heidegger / the mysticism. Of course there are parallels there, but there seems to me to maybe be something quite inauthentic in saying eternal life belongs to he who lives in the ...
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Time: intervals and limits

Leading on from this question here and why i asked it: I am trying to construct an understanding of why Husserl and Derrida in Aporias might believe in immortality [though perhaps neither do]. ...
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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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Why do people post simple questions they could easily find the answer to within the first few results of a search engine? [closed]

The amount of work and effort to signup, and enter a question on stackexchange seems to be greater than that of searching for it. Why would a person take an inefficient path, instead of the more ...
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Mula madhyamaka karika part 7-3

I started a new thread, based on others. A thread to discuss this apparently [to me] startling passage by Nagarajuna : If birth, abiding and perishing had an other characteristic of being ...
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Is appeal to conspiracy a fallacy?

I was kind of wondering this. A lot of people seem to appeal to some kind of conspiracy to support their views. I can think of numerous examples: Anti-Vaccine people claim conspiracy by 'Big ...
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Can political ideologies be logically undecidable? If so, what are the consequences of this?

I'm having a thought that I would like more expert opinion on, as this crosses boundaries between philosophical logic and political science. My premise is that a political ideology can be represented ...
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Is anarchism a form of liberalism? [closed]

In my experience [of on-line life] anarchists are simply extremist liberals, and so their own criticisms of liberalism apply just as much to themselves. Is there some philosophical truth to this?
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What is an infintely small unit (of time)

Is there a philosophy of the infinitely small? Does anyone apply it to qualitative experience, and ask if that is divided up into instants? It seems to me that the infinitely small could not be like ...
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Are there real paradoxes?

Paradoxes arise in mathematics; a famous one being Russells; usually its taken as a sign that the theoretical ediface needs to change. The difficult question is how; for example Russell developed his ...
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Is “do as caesar does” a fallacy?

Is there a name for the fallacy that to do something one has to do it as its most famous / powerful proponent does? I'm thinking about Marxism.
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Word and image (in poetry)

A 2011 book on conceptual poetry titled conceptualisms claims Note: there is no aesthetic or ethical distinction between word and image. They seem to define "images" as what manifest to create ...
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Phenomenological time and immortality

Husserl is occasionally said to have believed in his immortality; Fink says so, but most scholars disagree with Fink - which seems odd considering how close Fink was to him. Problematic sections can ...
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Does Descartes' cogito require awareness of thinking?

Descartes cogito is 'I think therefore I am'. Can an ant do the same? Breaking this down, one has 'I think' and I am aware that 'I am thinking' and therefore 'I am'. One requires here it seems some ...
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Is a loaded question a fallacy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loaded_question says that a loaded question = a complex question fallacy. Yet how's it a fallacy? Isn't it a logically consistent, valid (yet militant and treacherous) ...
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What are the axioms for quantified modal logic?

The plainest vanilla variety of propositional modal logic introduces two operators <> which is possibility, and [] which is neccessity. The axioms are: ◊p iff ¬□¬p □p iff ¬◊¬p What is ...
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Tricks like Loaded Questions

I'm asking as a dilettante and greenhorn, so am interested in applied, informal, practical aids or resources (and not abstract, formal, esoteric papers). Is there a (catholic/general) term that ...
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Which child is braver?

I recently brought a cockatiel home. Of my two daughters, one is afraid of the bird and the other constantly wants to hold and play with it. When the bird is flying in the house, the afraid daughter ...
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Why isn't Cantor's diagonal argument just a paradox?

Cantor's diagonal argument concludes the cardinality of the power set of a countably infinite set is greater than that of the countably infinite set. In other words, the infiniteness of real numbers ...
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Are memes philosophically coherent?

Dawkins introduced the term meme as the corresponding cultural analogy to that of gene in biology. But is it specious? How does meme differ from belief, idea or notion? A gene is defined ...

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