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Is it possible to consolidate the philosophical traditions coming from different cultural spheres into a single unified philosophical cannon?

Most entry level philosophy courses tend to focus almost exclusively on Western Philosophy. They also tend to follow a historical narrative that follows the evolution of western thinking, as opposed ...
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Can I pursue philosophy while studying mathematics?

I am a math major and I currently am preparing for admissions in a masters program. Though late, but I realised that I have interest in philosophy as well and I think I want to pursue it ...
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How important is studying higher mathematics for graduate study in philosophy?

I am planning to apply to phd programs in philosophy. I am majoring in philosophy but I also have the opportunity to complete a second major in math (I have a few more classes to go). I'd like to ...
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How to rate philosophy essays?

I might end up teaching philosophy in Finnish lukio/gymnasium. I will not get an opportunity to practice teaching it - I do get to practice teaching mathematics a fair deal, though. (The situation is ...
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What exactly is a non-analytic method of thinking? Any examples of widely accepted ways of nonstructural thinking methods? [closed]

A.S. analytic and systemic definitions I mainly used from here, but there might be more general or specific meanings I am not aware of that is not covered in that link (Definition: A "chunk" is a ...
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Maslow quote about the student questioning the teacher

Maslow has a quote that i cannot find... perhaps someone can assist. in general he spoke that a student that questions the teacher is often called a troublemaker (of course paraphrased) Does anyone ...
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What are the properties of Mathematical Objects?

I have been thinking a lot about how one knows when an observation contains mathematical elements. Many years ago when I was in school, I found that there was often little time taken out to discuss ...
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How to approach or consider racist philosophers?

I encountered the Wikipedia article on scientific racism, which attests to some famous philosophers' racism (eg Kant, Voltaire), whose works I`ll read about while self-learning philosophy. Their ...
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How to read Dante's Divine Comedy [closed]

Maybe this question was asked before, but given this large platform, I couldn't resist to ask Years ago I started reading the first part of the Divine Comedy (in German), Inferno. To this day I read ...
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Are there any philosophy books for an intelligent nine-year-old?

I would like to buy some books on philosophy for the child of a friend. He is very intelligent and mathematically able and clever for a nine-year-old. I remember near that age really enjoying the idea ...
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Do we have an obligation to respect our teachers? [closed]

Many philosophers teach us to respect those who are teaching us. For example, one of the five classics of the Confucian canon [The Classic of Rites - Liji] claims in "Record of Education" that: ...
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What are the cons of a meritocratic education? [closed]

I think this falls under Epistemology. I was thinking of a new system for teaching children. Here in Canada, children go to nursery, kindergarten, then grades 1-12 to finish basic schooling. Each ...
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Why is chinese philosophy usually ignored in western philosophy courses?

Is it because western tradition ignores them? Or because they think it's not philosophy, but mysticism? Or because they are afraid of losing ground to a superior thinking? Ignorance, prejudice or ...
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How to spread the philosophical word? [closed]

I personally think, thinking about philosophy is a very good mean to keep calm when it comes to stressful times. I know some people that don't care about philosophy at all. It's too esoteric for them, ...
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Equality Awareness (for minorities, LGBT, women, etc.)

Recently there has been a facebook campaign to raise awareness of the struggle for LGBT equality, whereby facebook users change their profile pictures to an "equal" sign. This campaign seems to be ...
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How to contextualise reading Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed?

I've been asked to read Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Friere; I know very little about the subject of critical pedagogy. Which other texts should be read alongside it? Someone has suggested ...
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How to diminish the gaps in my knowledge about philosophy?

I have some formal training in philosophy, but I have lots of gaps in my knowledge. I mainly read what interests me, so the same gaps tend to remain - usually about things that doesn't draw my ...
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Why should I tell my child to get educated rather than earning huge amount of money? [closed]

I was watching the movie "The Amazing Spider man"(2012) this evening. At some point in the movie, the story reaches a point like this: "Oscorp" executive "Dr. Rajit Ratha" fires the leading scientist ...
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'Counterexamples in Philosophy'

In mathematics there's a type of book, bordering on the textbook but slightly different, that compiles examples to demonstrate the necessity of various conditions on theorems and the correct ...
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What reasons could there be not to teach Spinoza in secondary school?

In The Netherlands, it's on some schools possible to get philosophy taught from the fourth to the sixth grade of high school (that's the age group 15-18). I've done this. I discovered that Spinoza's ...
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Resources on anti-learning-history-discrimination [closed]

To detach competence from curriculum, inquiries into a man's learning history must be made taboo, like inquiries into his political affiliation, church attendance, lineage, sex habits, or racial ...
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Do different branches of philosophy correlate with different dispositions to psychological attitudes? [closed]

Speaking anecdotally, it's been my experience that logicians have the best senses of humor, metaphysicians tend to a little pomposity and lot of wine, philosophy-of-language types are a little ...
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How to open a closed mind that refers to scientific, logical reasoning as conspiracy theorizing? [closed]

I know someone who swears that (his preferred) academics and the people at Popular Mechanics are more credible than "conspiracy theorists", which is to say anyone who says something he doesn't like. ...
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How to address initial criticisms of modal logic, in particular “I can imagine a world where [necessary truth] is false?”

Whether you ultimately agree with it or not, I feel that a study of modal logic, including David Lewis's (and others') notion of possible words is a valuable facet of a proper understanding of logic ...
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Are there any resources for teaching young children philosophy and logic?

My oldest child is nearly six years old and will be starting his first level of formal schooling in a few weeks. I don't believe he will be taught philosophy and logic in the classroom, so I would ...
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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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Is there an alternative canon for Western modern philosophy?

After Richard Rorty died, Raymond Geuss wrote some recollections of their encounters. In his reminiscence, Geuss mentions that Rorty projected teaching an undergraduate course called "An Alternate ...
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Could I be accepted to a Graduate program in Philosophy with only a B.A. in Computer Science?

I am wondering if it would be reasonable to apply to M.A. or Phd programs in Philosophy with only a B.A. in Computer Science. I have done a great deal of reading in the field of Philosophy, but have ...
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Does an education that teaches relativism alone result in students who can not make ethical decisions?

This is a followup to a previous question that suggests that skepticism leads inevitably to moral relativism. In this question, I'd like to look further down the slippery slope and think of the ...