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Metaphilosophy is the philosophical study of philosophy itself — its goals, methods, scope, and relationship to other intellectual disciplines or human projects.

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Which questions have philosophers answered more satisfyingly than mere common sense? [closed]

Philosophy can be seen as a huge domain: studying everything that exists and questioning its inner mechanic, purpose, moral (non exhaustive list). For instance stuyding the laws of nature, logic, ...
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What kind of philospher believes many philospical issues can be reduced to defining words?

I will take Fatalism vs Compatibilism as an example. I hold that the only difference between them is the definition of free will. Namely, I prefer the Compatibilistic definition, that free will is ...
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Could philosophy still work as well or better as multiple isolated, clearly delineated deduction systems?

I presume that philosophy could not work as well or better as such, or it would be going on already. But why couldn't it? I'm sure there are good reasons I can't think of. But those not in the ...
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Are we spending too much time asking hard to answer questions while we'd be better off asking more productive ones?

I've heard this on several occasions and I think it is true if we're spending too much of our time on them. It might not be true for some people, but then, how do they decide it isn't true for them? ...
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What would be the relation between logic and philosophy?

Lately in my philosophical discussions it has occured to our group that one unexpected and seemingly unlogical thing has started happening. It would seem to me that using logic is unavoidable in a ...
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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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What does “non-philosophy” mean in the works of Laruelle (and scholars of Laruelle)?

From just the Wikipedia article and a few stray references here and there, I don't understand what Laruelle's "non-philosophy" is and how it can by aptly be described by its title. The link above ...
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what is comparative philosophy?

Nowadays we are confronted with a new major as comparative philosophy..Paul Mason Orsel the French philosopher has a book by the very name..my question is that what kind of philosophy is comparative ...
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Is our Philosophy, the Human Philosophy, the only possible Philosophy which can exist?

What I'm asking is if is there any possibility for a Non-human Philosophy, that is, a Philosophy founded on questions which we can't even conceive. Is possible a Philosophy of questions which only can ...
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Do academic philosophers have a special duty to challenge their government?

This is a question about source materials: I'm hoping someone can point me to a modern treatment of obligations to the state incurred by the act of philosophizing, or even an argument against the ...
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When does the philosophy of a newly created (academic) discipline typically arise?

I occasionally spend some of my spare time reading through the questions and answers of interest on these SE websites, and I recently came across this question: Can a certain branch of philosophy ...
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Is There A Practical Limit On The Number Of “Levels” On Which Metaphilosophical Inquiry Can Be Conducted?

A link from this post (at How does philosophy study the world?) brought to mind the following line of thought: the definition of Metaphilosophy (not to be confused with the SE website, which ...
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Why are Free Will discussions always framed as a question of “free will” rather than “free choice” (of action)?

In debates or discussion regarding the question of whether or not human beings (or any other being) has the ability to decide for themselves what to do, the term invariably used is free will. However, ...
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Philosophy of the lymphatic system

If neurophilosophy is a legitimate from of philosophy why don’t we have philosophies pertaining to various other sub-personal processes/systems: autonomic, vestibular, and proprioceptive? Why not ...
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What are the standards for good and bad philosophy?

In general (not restricted to this site), what counts as a good philosophical explanation? Are there any objective standards?
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Role of Science

I have often read people on Physics.SE (and on many other sites) say that the role of physics is only to provide a good description of nature. For example, we don't ask questions like 'why does x ...
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Understanding philosophy from a mathematicians perspective

(I'm new, so please downvote, re-tag, flag, close or delete the question as appropriate. I'd appreciate a comment about why it was done.) I was reading this, and came across the paragraph Working ...
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What are some examples of solved philosophical problems?

Are there any examples of philosophical problems that have been solved? How can we know a proposed solution to a philosophical problem is correct? Examples of "philosophical problems": If a tree ...
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Are areas of philosophy besides logic subjective?

Are all areas of philosophy, with the exception of logic, subjective (can't be proven, varying interpretations)? For example, consider Chinese philosophy (e.g., Confucianism): I've been looking into ...
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Are there clearly defined limits to philosophy?

How can you define the difference between for example Math and Philosophy and Sociology or Biology. What makes a philosophical question a philosophical question. Is this clearly defined?
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About philosophical questions

Can there be a clear answer to a specific philosophical question that most people who understand the question can agree on without diverging into many competing -isms or schools of thought? Maybe ...
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The difference between Philosophy and Cognitive science

I have studied neither philosophy nor cognitive science in an academic capacity. When answering this question here on stack exchange philosophy, a comment was made that perhaps my answer was better ...
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What makes primitive cosmology primitive?

In Mary Douglas's Purity & Danger, she reports that the anthropologist Vansina recalled affectionately three very independent thinkers he found amongst the Bushong, who liked to expound their ...
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Should I believe in truth?

Philosophy is largely conceived as a career of seeking the TRUTH. But I doubt whether I should believe in truth when doing philosophy because really, when we start our journey of philosophy, who ...
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Can anyone ever state how things are not?

This question relates to situations of infinite regress. For example, in reading through answers to this question Are there any non-divine objective standards of good/evil? I noticed the statement ...
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What are the practical ramifications of philosophy & How can we make it relevant to ordinary people [duplicate]

What are the practical ramifications of philosophy & How can we make it relevant to ordinary people. Philosophy is seen by many as a useless subject and a mere waste of resources. Countless ...
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Fundamental Questions of Contemporary Philosophy

In John Searles 'Making the Social World" (2010), the chapter 'the purpose of this book' starts with declaring the following question as a fundamental question of contemporary philosophy: How, if ...
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Is there any philosophical concept all philosophers agree about? [closed]

Is there any philosophical concept or insight all philosophers agree about ?
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A theory of everything?

Did anybody ever try to develop a theory of everything? By this I mean a single theory which aims to describe all things in a unified way. I am not talking on a physical theory of everything, I mean ...
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Is the Anglo-Analytical tradition founded on rejecting the principle of sufficient reason?

In this blog-post on a criticism of Nagels book Mind & Cosmos the author makes the assertion: This is no surprise because analytical philosophy was founded in the act of rejecting PSR. Our ...
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What is speculative philosophy? [closed]

What is speculative philosophy? What might be good or bad about it?
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If there is progress in philosophy, Why is there no philosophers or thinkers as important today as in the past? [closed]

Why don't we have thinkers in the present time (or recent times) that have the same caliber as Albert Einstein, Archimedes, Socrates, Shakespeare, Freud, Aristotle, Plato, Darwin, Popper and all the ...
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Does everything which can be figured out through observation disqualify as philosophy?

Does a scientific question which we have not yet had the resources or time to answer scientifically classify as philosophically relevant? Or does everything which can be figured out through ...
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How would you describe the relationship of science and philosophy of science?

How would you describe the relationship of science and philosophy of science? Is it a worldview that sets a tone to scientific jargon? I mean that statements of eg. physics are under submission of the ...
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What can suffice as a scientific proof for God? to what domain can such a proof belong to? [closed]

"Scientific" theories require proof, and there are certain guidelines and standards for the proofs to be acceptable to the "scientific" community in that domain (Algebra, Computer Science, etc.). ...
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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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What is meant by an Appeal?

To Appeal to a concept would seem to originally be (in the day of Greek metaphysics) a somewhat poetic device metaphorically gesturing toward whatever concept understanding might be sought from. ...
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Why should I read about philosophy?

I'm not sure this question belongs here. It's clearly an open-ended question that probably does not have a canonical answer. I would like to ask you to help me restate this question in a better way if ...
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Does a philosopher need much knowledge of mathematical/formal logic?

I am not a philosopher but I would like to ask this question. I know that there are philosophers like Hobbes, Locke or Foucault, who excel in the areas of ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics. ...
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Can a philosopher philosophize without logic?

Logic, which I mean as the system or subject not the adjective; like modal propositional logic, etc., and not an adjective stating rationality, sense of thinking, common sense, etc. Perhaps we all ...
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Can knowledge about argumentation be sufficient for philosophical logic without too symbolic or mathematical concepts?

The most important element for expression of truth is trough an argument, with premises and conclusion. Argumentation requires to avoid fallacies and adhere to the truth. However logic if treated as a ...
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What philosophical tradition/ school advocates the use of informal logic as a better tool than formal logic?

There are some notable persons who criticized formal logic in favor of informal logic for various reasons, like Schiller. So what is the school of thought or tradition that incorporates or adheres to ...
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How does philosophy study the world?

From the definition from Wikipedia: Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. ...
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Can a certain branch of philosophy exist and be discussed independently from other branches? [closed]

To be more clearer with the question let us compare for this instance sociology to philosophy, both being a broad subject. Sociology has many branches including political science, psychology, ...
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Is Philosophy formalisable?

This is something that has irked me for quite some time, especially since I come from a mathematically oriented background. Can the field of Philosophy be formalised in the sense that Mathematics is ...
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How to earn the title of Philosopher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is everyone considered a “philosopher”? I commonly hear politicians say that they are philosophers. And a favorite degree offered by diploma mills is ...
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What, if any, are the differences between materialism and empiricism?

Are the differences, if they exist merely semantic ("First World War" vs "World War One") or are they more substantial; for example one's a historical trend and the other's a broader philosophical ...
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Which Philosophers are most often cited as Materialists?

Which Philosophers are most often cited as Materialists (aka physicalists)?
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What is a mathematical representation of the physical world?

Possible Duplicate: Was mathematics invented or discovered? To be more precise, does mathematics describe the physical world or does it describe a mental representation of the physical ...
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What hierarchies exist in different branches of Philosophy?

If you were to map out different branches of Philosophy in a hierarchical nature on multiple levels in order to compare them what would some look like or could you point me to a reference that sorts ...