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What are some real-life applications of metaphysics?

Metaphysics seems to be a field that is almost purely abstract. However, I am also interested in knowing how metaphysics has impacted the real world, if at all.
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What risk should we tolerate in accepting (im)migrants?

Here is a question that I've had to simplify and idealise to the point that it no longer corresponds exactly to any real-world situation. However, I think it still captures a very important and ...
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What was Einstein's contribution to philosophy?

Daniel Dennett, in a lecture abut Darwin, mentions Newton, Darwin, Skinner, Turing, Gödel, and Einstein as 6 "non-philosophers" who have had a major impact on philosophy. I can see how the other 5 had ...
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How would Luck Egalitarianism handle the transfer of wealth from parent to child in regards to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all people?

I was curious about the topic of what effect the passing of family wealth has equal opportunity, so I looked up a philosophy related to equal opportunity, and I found Luck Egalitarianism. I'll admit I ...
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How do we know something is a “category mistake”?

I believe that Gilbert Ryle introduced the term "category mistake", but I am struggling to apply the term. Could you please give me an obvious and less obvious instance of a category-mistake? And if ...
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Did I correctly apply Ockham's razor? [closed]

Suppose, I go to a store to buy a tap. There are two taps. One is 1.7 times bigger than the other. Both have the same price. Both taps will fit on the water tube at home. Soo both have the same ...
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What are the legitimate domains of humanitarian action? [closed]

I was wondering if there are domains where Humanitarian organizations could totally justify their interventions, in opposite of course with those where they couldn't. What intrigued me was the French ...
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Are there any recognized modern eastern or Asian philosophers out there? Is eastern philosophy taken seriously in the 21st century?

Philosophy has roots in both the eastern and the western world. Undoubtedly, there is a big difference between the two. Eastern traditions are more prescriptive and religious and less formal. Western ...
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Is there still a place in modern philosophy for qualitative or non-mathematical philosophy?

Modern philosophy seems to have an inclination to mathematics and other scientific disciplines. Even moral philosophy is being "mathematized". Some peer-reviewed articles on the mere addition paradox, ...
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Ethics of Using an Experience Machine/Going Against Someone's Wishes for Their Own Good

Similar to the question of Do experiences need to be “real” to be worthwhile or desireable? Robert Nozick has argued against pure hedonism as a means to happiness based on the fact that a person ...
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Is it possible to act unethically against oneself?

Usually discussions of practical/applied ethics (which this site really needs a tag for, by the way) discuss matters in which a person's actions will have an effect on others. However, is there ever a ...
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Can a dogmatic person engage in intellectually honest inquiry?

Can someone fooling themselves still be intellectually dishonest? Certain people may be dogmatic theists and believe that 'D' (for dogma) is true, and would really believe that D is true no matter ...
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Can Rawls justify eugenics?

Rawls seems partial to the idea of eugenics, as perhaps this is the corollary of the difference principle. Am I correct in this understanding? I refer to p.92 of A Theory of Justice (1999): In the ...
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Plagiarism problem

I have two exactly similar essays from my students. By the rules they should fail the class. But they claim that it's just coincidence. Taking into consideration the fact, that there is nonzero ...
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Should journalistic ethics apply to anyone who publishes

I have a claim: If someone writes in a manner that suggests they are an authority it seems clear that they have a responsibility to investigate and understand their topic to a certain standard. This ...
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How can domain modeling practice benefit from metaphysical ideas?

In software development, there is an activity called domain modeling, by which the developer creates a representation of the problem domain using some language (ultimately a programming language). ...
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How will learning about philosophy impact real-life?

Examining the practical, impactful, real-life benefits of getting a degree in philosophy It is often asked, "What is the practical use of philosophy?" or "How will learning about philosophy impact ...
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How does one tell apart left from right?

I can look at one hand and know (not necessarily immediately) that "This is my left hand". How do I know this? (How can I be so successful at judging this?) This question is inspired by the classic ...
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What is the practical use of philosophy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is philosophy useful? Examining the practical, impactful, real-life benefits of getting a degree in philosophy What is the practical use of philosophy? How could ...
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How can I effectively apply philosophy to the business world?

In my graduate experiences, especially in the philosophy of technology, I saw that far too much philosophy is designed to be consumed by other philosophers. As a pragmatist, I am always interested in ...