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What is the philosophical value of cultural diversity?

A personal question: As an Arab-American, I try to maintain my children's ties to Arab culture and the Arabic language, going out of my way to make sure that they speak Arabic fluently, and sending ...
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Critical Realism and Social Science

Recently a new philosophical topic came to my attention: Roy Bhaskar's critical realism. I find it a very strange philosophy of science, and I'm having trouble with understanding all of its tenets. As ...
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Is there a philosophy of responsibility in terms of complacency

I was wondering, and I'm especially interested in either contemporary philosophers or critical theorists, if there was a (I assume existentialist) philosophy of complacency. Especially: I am doing ...
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Does its engima make anything of an artwork aporeitc in Derrida's sense?

Understanding in the highest sense -- a solution to the enigma that at the same time maintains the enigma Adorno, Aesthetic Theory p162 (trans. Robert Hullot-Kentor) Every authentic work ...
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Can photography or film have its own new type of aura?

Can photography or film, according to Benjamin, have its own new type of aura, a uniqueness which allows for reproduction? This author, Silliman, suggests they cannot, because photography as art is ...
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Does Art require an Audience?

Nietzsche consistently throughout his writings argues for a monological conception of art--art that does not seek "witnesses" or an audience. Not only did the episode with Wagner force Nietzsche to ...
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Is it possible to use Wittgenstein's family resemblance to separate high art from commercial art?

In a previous post, I asked whether it is possible to objectively compare the quality and validity of different pieces and forms of art. In the responses I got the overall response is that there is no ...
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Dialectics of Enlightenment - Why is Enlightenment Myth and vice versa?

I've tried several times reading The Dialectics of Enlightenment, it is simply to dense for me and my grounding in philosophy is really not that strong. I've looked at the summary in SEP, and need ...
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What is the enigma of art?

I've always been fascinated by the following constellated section of Adorno's Aesthetic Theory, probably because phenomenology is intuitively easier to get to grips with than a drawn out critical ...
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Can the meaning of “negative dialectics” be paraphrased?

At the very beginning of his book Negative Dialectics, Adorno writes As early as Plato, dialectics meant to achieve something positive by means of negation; the thought figure of a “negation of ...
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Did Adorno retain anything from Heidegger's Being and Time?

I've read a little of Adorno, it's particularly slow work though. I had a look at (the poet) Rilke's elegies, which Wikipedia added the following to [from Adorno's book The Jargon of Authenticity] ...
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Why, according to Adorno, were Schoenberg's innovations progressive?

I think that Zuidervaart, in his book Adorno's aesthetic theory, says that Adorno makes two claims for artworks: They develop the productive forces of the artform The artist has a cognition of the ...
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What is critical rationalism?

In the philosophy of science classical rationalism equates rationality with proof and proof with Truth. What is the meaning of rather 'critical rationalism'? Is it the view advocated by Popper by ...
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Minima Moralia.127: “Intelligence is a moral category”

Minima Moralia is a collection of aphorisms by the (individualist) Marxist inspired philosophy Theodor Adorno, who was probably most famous (outside philosophy) for strident attacks on the culture ...
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Why not web-space at Stack Exchange for discussion of great literature, literary history, theory and criticism? [closed]

The Great Books! This is a broad enough subject area with significant specificity for discussion of philosophy, theology, politics and social history with related topics each providing a field of ...
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How to effectively undertake the study of a philosophical work?

I feel like this question gets posed a lot in different ways and was curious if it might be possible to formulate it narrowly enough to get answered here. For the most part I think the answer is ...
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How many words for snow do the Inuits have?

I first heard that the Inuits had a cornocupia of words to describe snow; and then I heard that they had just the usual number. Both of these cannot be true. One must be a myth. Which one? The first ...
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Is Schadenfreude a way out of amorality?

Theodor Adorno, defined Schadenfreude as "largely unanticipated delight in the suffering of another which is cognized as trivial and/or appropriate." Nietzsche comments that Schadenfreude ...
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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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Preventable and Non Preventable Crimes

What kind of crime is preventable or non-preventable by a government? And what reasonings to justify it. Committing a crime is a choice by the criminal but preventing the criminal could be the ...
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What were the most significant historical influences of continental philosophy?

"Continental philosophy includes the following movements: German idealism, phenomenology, existentialism (and its antecedents, such as the thought of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche), hermeneutics, ...
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What are some good books on critical theory for analytic philosophers?

As far as I understand, there are two broad branches of critical theory: one is based on social theory, and the other on literary criticism and hermeneutics. I am more interested in the latter, of the ...
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Colonization of the imaginary - is this even possible?

Nowhere is this fetishist logic more evident than apropos of Tibet, one of the central references of the post-Christian "spiritual" imaginary. Today, Tibet more and more plays the role of such a ...
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How would Zizek explain his own popularity with contemporary media?

The functioning of cinema and other artistic and informational mediums within capitalism have been problematised by Zizek from a number of perspectives. within the huge volume of content which Zizek ...
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Which authors and works might be most important for introducing the philosophy of education?

Which authors and works might be most important for introducing the philosophy of education? In other words, which (works, authors) expound the development of the most significant or critical ...
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How to be a good critic?

How can we be a good critic when facing people's rigid beliefs? I'm interested in how to attack (logically) their dogmatic beliefs to have a "good" influence on their minds, because if we just attack ...
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What is Kant's argument about the relationship between logic and reason?

At Wikipedia, I read: Logic arose (see below) from a concern with correctness of argumentation. Modern logicians usually wish to ensure that logic studies just those arguments that arise from ...
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What does it mean for something to be “post-modernist” as opposed to “modernist”?

While I've always had a general idea about what it means for a book or a theorist to be "post-modern" or "modern", I'd be really interested to hear a succinct comparison of the two "-isms." I know its ...
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How does posthumanism differ from transhumanism?

How does posthumanism differ from transhumanism? Specifically, what are the major points of disagreement and regions of overlap between the two movements/schools of thought? Some critics treat the ...
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What philosophical views are there on the problem of boredom?

"I am convinced that boredom is one of the greatest tortures. If I were to imagine Hell, it would be the place where you were continually bored" - Eric Fromm Has there been any ...