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Do we have an obligation to respect our teachers? [on hold]

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 Frieres Pedagogy for the Oppressed?

I'e been asked to read Pedagogy for the Oppressed by Paoulo Friere; I know very little about the subject of critical pedagogy. Which other texts should be read alongside it? Someone suggested Fanons ...
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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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Reasons to not 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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Does Chomsky make a good point by promoting anarchy while undermining college education?

I didn't read this in a book by Noam Chomsky but in an interview of his where he talks about being an anarchist and not mentioning anarchy when talking to an anarchist kind of thing but mentions ...
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Resources on anti-learning-history-discrimination

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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Beginning education in philosophy and logic for children

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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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 ...