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How does Quine effectively shift from points he has made about knowledge acquisition to conclusions he makes about knowledge simpliciter?

Quine propagated forward an approach to epistemology wherein there was no need of any sort of justification "beyond observation and the hypothetico-deductive method" (Quine 1981). Quine is going ...
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Understanding progress and improvement (Epictetus)

So, I've started reading "Discourses" of Epictetus. I'm stuck at Chapter IV. I can't understand the part that I'm going to post below. I've highlighted the most difficult piece, if you don't want to ...
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Is there a form of euhemerism which claims myths can have historical events derived from them like a poetic?

Is there a form of euhemerism which claims myths can have historical events derived from them like a poetic? I gather that the theory states that myth is a way of ordering chaotic human history. ...
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Can logic be used to prove any belief?

I have witnessed a lot of debates and arguments of different beliefs, and noticed that each side uses logic to prove its point. So, can any belief be proven by logic regardless of its nature (...
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Indroductory books about Philosophy for young people [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book about philosophy to give me a push or to help me get in touch with philosophy properly.
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Dialectic of Enlightment Prerequisites

I wanted to start reading Dialectic of Enlightenment by Adorno and Horkheimer. My question is simple: Which philosophers' works do I have to be familiar with to get a decent first time reading from it?...
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How should be the-Philosopher? [on hold]

How should be the Philosopher (i.e. His Morality, Personality, Reactions or replies to the people who insult him or mis-treat him, His Treatment for the others... etc)
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human behaviour [on hold]

I am not a philosophy major but i think about stuff like this a lot. this has eluded me for so long. When you are born your mind is a clean slate.... You know nothing and can't even make sense of ...
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Can there be 2nd dimensional beings? [on hold]

So, as I was thought humans experience the universe in 3 dimensions, therefore we are 3rd dimensional beings. But I was wondering, can there be beings in the second dimension? Now, this may sound dumb,...
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What is this System of Right that consistently shows up in Foucault's work?

In his January 7, 1976 lecture, Foucault says: The system of right, the domain of law, are permanent agents of these relations of domination... Right should be viewed not in terms of a legitimacy ...
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Should the power of an explanation have limited scope?

Should the power of an explanation, especially in science (though I'm interested if this changes anything), have a limited scope? Meaning that in abduction an explanation that explains more isn't ...
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“Does god exist?” Is this question correct?

Before going into the topic first let me clarify what I will refer to as "god" in this passage. God, I think should be referred to as something that is analogous to the axioms of a formal system. ...
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Is mathematics a discovery or an invention? [duplicate]

As we know there are two schools of thinkers regarding this issue - platonists and anti-platonists. Platonists believe that there "exist" mathematical objects that are independent of human ...
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How should be the Philosopher? [on hold]

-How should be the Philosopher? -How shoud he react to the people's rude behaviours & how should he handle any situation? -What are his traits?
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How does rhetoric and substance interact in a successful debate?

I have been interested in debates for a while. Doc. William Lane Craig has for a long time been a spiritual hero of mine, and hearing him talk about debate is always interesting. So in the previous ...
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Is formalism necessary in mathematics?

I have a penchant of writing mathematical pieces (proofs, theorems, axioms, etc.) in formal syntax, using as less English as possible. I don't know whether this is essential, I like doing this so I do ...
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Is what Plato calls essence here, what is later understood as essence?

In the Phaedrus (Jowetts translation) Plato writes: There abides the very being with which true knowledge is concerned, the colourless, formless, intangible essence, visible only to the mind, the ...
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What does Plato mean by the negative of the mind?

In the Phaedrus (Jowetts translation), Plato writes: Attained knowledge of mind and the negative of mind which were favourite themes of Anaxagoras What is meant here by the 'negative of mind'? ...
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Is it possible to catch the moment of waking up?

Brian Magee, a British philosopher, begins his autobiography by a question that possessed him as a child - why could he not be aware of falling asleep; the actual moment of the onset of sleep evaded ...
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If a “god” is anything that a person places as their highest priority, is it logical to infer that all people are enslaved to their own desires? [on hold]

Question: If a "god" is anything that a person places as their highest priority, is it logical that a person is never free from said "god"? Scenario: Georg is a self-professing hardened Atheist, ...
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Is Peirce's pragmatic maxim self-evident?

Peirce's pragmatic maxim seems to have an appeal, at least as a "tiebreaker": Consider what effects, that might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our conception to ...
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Why is the modern notion of motion inappropriate to Antiquity?

Adorno, in Negative Dialectics writes a quick summary of the Marxist critique of political economy: It imitates a central antimony of bourgeois society. To preserve itself, to remain the same, to '...
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Where does Adorno find this quote of Marx?

In Negative Dialectics, Adorno quotes Marx as saying: even if a society has found a natural law of motion - and the present works ultimate goal is to unveil the law of modern society economic ...
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Is every feeling preceded by a thought?

For a lot of feelings it looks clear to me that a thought preceded it. Like when I think of the possibility of war I get afraid. But imagine the case when it is very cold, is the feeling of having ...
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Property of inclusion in Greek thought

In Plato's "Parmenides" at one stage inclusion is casually used as a reflexive property to argue that the 'One' (everything that is) must be included in itself. Parmenides in the text even keeps going ...
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“Be happy but never satisfied”. How is this even possible? [on hold]

As far as my experience goes, happiness comes from satisfaction and appreciation for things. My question is how is it possible to feel both happy and not satisfied at the same time?
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What phenomenological research methods exist?

I am trying to understand the methods that have been used to develop theory in phenomenology. As far as I can make out these boil down to:- Introspection and intuition (and ? mindfullness) ...
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Why does Leonardo da Vinci make the following claim?

In Excursus 6, in Agamben's book Language & Death he excerpts the following quotations from da Vinci's notebooks (Cod. Arundel. f.131r): Among the magnitude of things around us, the being of ...
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What would Heidegger make of a book?

Walt Whitman, in his lyric-epic leaves of grass, has the following lines: Camerado, this is no book Who touches this touches a man (Is it night? Are we here together alone?) It is I ...
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Marxism and Capitalism as a Schism

Is it possible to see Marxism and Capitalism as a kind of ideological schism, in the same way, say we have a schism between Protestatism & Catholicism in Christianity, and between Sunni & ...
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To what kind of philosophy belongs the statement that you can't be a physical body because it is a projection of the mind?

I think it is a kind of idealism like that of Berkeley. But can this statement also belong to phenomenology of Husserl or of the philosophy of Kant or is there perhaps a better philosopher for this?
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If determinism is true, what was the first event? Is time infinite? [duplicate]

How can all events be causally related if there is no initial event?
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Why does not Hobbes opine as sin: man's nature, desires and other passions?

Source: p , Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Chapter 13, Leviathan (1651), by Thomas Hobbes. 10) It may seem strange to some man ...
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What did Mill mean: 'one in which the claims of justice are waived, in obedience to other considerations.'?

Source: p 487 Top Right, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). 1. Primary Source: Utilitarianism (1863) by J.S. Mill . 2. Paraphrase: p 31 Top Left, (2008) ...
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What did Mill mean: 'The precept of returning good for evil has never been regarded as a case of the fulfilment of justice'?

Source: p 487 Top Right, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). 1. Primary Source: Utilitarianism (1863) by J.S. Mill . 2. Paraphrase: p 31 Top Left, (2008) ...
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Did Aristotle err in writing 'everything inequitable is unlawful'?

Source first encountered: p 482-484, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Bekker Number 1130 B, around Lines 11-13, Nicomachean Ethics by ...
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What are some different types and varieties of of preference utilitarianism?

What if the preference of the individual is for lessening the suffering of kittens? However arbitrary that may seem, what if in the same light, one has the preference of lessening the suffering of ...
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What did the Tractatus (really) say about Kant's absolute / in itself value?

(The A to Z of Kant and Kantianism, pg. 31) Do we not need philosophy, in the wake of religion (apologies for my lack of grounding in that huge literature on Wittgenstein's 'way of life'), to find ...
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What does Sartre mean by “freedom alone can account for a person in his totality”?

Could you please tell me what is the meaning of Sartre's saying: "freedom alone can account for a person in his totality"? (Genet, 584)
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According to “proper speech” in Buddhism's eight-fold path, is cursing allowed if it's necessary to get the point across? [migrated]

One of the points of Buddhism the eight fold lists "proper speech," but does this propriety in speech include the ability to insult others or express yourself strongly through the use of curse words/ ...
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πίστις (Faith/Conviction) In Plato's Apology

In Plato's Apology, a main question is that between belief and knowledge, between the pretense of Socrates' accusers and the simple truth of Socrates, between the laws of men and the laws that ...
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Is the United States currently the most fascistically inclined country on the face of the planet? [on hold]

While not endorsing anything near to the Third Reich's 'final solution', in all other respects, is not the United States the most fascistically oriented country extant currently?
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Can the material conditional be used in other situations?

Can the material conditional in classical logic (e.g. propositional logic or predicate logic like first-order logic) be used to reason about propositions that are not factual? E.g., using a ...
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Why are most of us standing poised at the edge of brilliance, and haunted by the knowledge of our proximity? [on hold]

‘Most of us stand poised at the edge of brilliance, haunted by the knowledge of our proximity, yet still demonstrably on the wrong side of the line.’ Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of ...
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Why should one philosophize instead of acting?

I was recently discussing the idea of beauty with one of my colleagues and how beauty should be defined. He brought up the fact that nowadays many beauty standards are set by the media, which ...
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Is empirical truth subjective or objective? [on hold]

There are two kinds of knowledge. 1. Information which is the truth. 2. Information masquerading as the truth. Is empirical truth, subjective, or objective? How much truth is contained within ...
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Can love be regarded as a purely chemical reaction? [closed]

Can love be regarded as a purely chemical reaction? If yes, is there a reason that it shouldn't be? Please answer beyond the scope of a simple mind-body dichotomy.
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Suppose you accept Hard Determinism, how would you react to these situations [on hold]

Suppose that after much thought you fully accept Hard Determinism. How might your reactions to the following situations differ now that you're a hard determinist? a. O.J. Simpson is tried for another ...
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What could a jew do, when he arrived with a train in Auschwitz?

Can questions like "What could a jew do, when he arrived with a train in Auschwitz?" really be answered? Do such questions have a place in philosophy? What about analytic philosophy? Works of ...
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Does Alvin Plantinga's book Knowledge and Christian Faith offer any substantial updates to Warranted Christian Belief?

The stated primary goal of Knowledge and Christian Faith (2015) was to condense the content of Warranted Christian Belief (2000) into a shorter and more accessible book. My question is whether the ...

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