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Is the ideal speech community of Habermas universal?

I lost my notes to what I read... Is the ideal speech community (defined IIRC as when everyone involved "knows what's going on") universal, such that anyone can be included in the community as a ...
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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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Schadenfreud as 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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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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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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Introduction to 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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Philosophy 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 ...