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Is our reality real? [closed]

Our perception of reality is flawed. Not only are we limited to a narrow bandwidth of light and sound waves, but size and shape depend on our angle and distance from an object. The reality we percieve ...
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Can Anyone Suggest a Good Introductory Piece or Book on the Philosophy of Subjectivity?

I want to begin reading Foucault's book on the Subject and Ethics but think a starter would help me much, as I've heard that Foucault can be rather advanced.
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What is the sense of primitive expressions?

According to The B Theory, there are no genuine, unanalyzable A properties, and all talk that appears to be about A properties is really reducible to talk about B relations. Does this B ...
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Language-related question to “Let's Not Talk About Objectivity”

I am currently reading a paper by Ian Hacking called "Let's Not Talk About Objectivity". I am not a native English speaker and I am having trouble undestanding the following sentence: The ...
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Is an active principle of the mind necesarry for the existence of error?

Error might be defined as a disagreement between two objects of thought. But if we also hold error to be an actual state that bears a negative relation to some truth, then doesn't error as such need ...
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Is something describable subjective?

For example if I were about to measure beauty, I would have to describe beauty in the first place. Let's say I would define it as the amount of endorphyne which the described phenomenon causes our ...
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Subjective Proofs

I've been having thoughts for a while about what constitutes a proof. Formal logic usually consists of incredibly detailed steps and, as such, is usually not utilized that often in everyday life. ...
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Descriptions of mental states: objective or subjective?

Is the sentence "Bob likes eggs." objective or subjective? To flesh it out a bit, I'm using "likes" in the usual sense when applied to food; some combination of finding the food pleasing to eat, ...
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What are some arguments against the hard problem of consciousness?

Does anyone know of any particularly interesting arguments or rebuttals against the hard problem of consciousness? I'm looking for arguments that are either neurological, cognitive, or philosophical ...
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Is Kantian ethics arbitrary?

Speaking about Kantian ethics, I wondered how one could create a moral theory without knowledge of the world, based on the sole rationality. Without references to experience, what prevents us to ...
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What is the role of common sense in logic?

In Logic by Wifred Hodges he says [..] you must rely on your common sense - as always in logical analysis. So i'm confused (again!). What has common sense to do with logical reasoning? My ...
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Is ethics anthropocentric?

Is ethics anthropocentric? It seems as if ethics mainly revolves around the issues that human intelligence faces? Do we treat ethics as just a mere end and not a means, and if so, does that make ...
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Is it a fallacy to blame someone for an action without reason?

Is there a name or definition for the following fallacy (if you can even call it that): Peter decides that the team will use Product A. While using Product A, the team encounters problems. ...
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What are the reasons for human conflict? [closed]

In his "The French Revolution, a History", 3.3.II, Thomas Carlyle writes the following: "for all battle is well said to be misunderstanding" He is speaking in reference to the terrible conflict ...
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Do IQ tests measure intelligence?

Okay, I am kind of skeptical about IQ tests. I think they only measures the speed of a person's reasoning abilities as well as a small portion of knowledge (or just knowledge). I kind of think that ...
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What is the difference (if any) between Solipsism and subjective relativism [closed]

I have just come across these two "doctrines", from reading some online articles. After looking up their definitions on Wikipedia, I have to admit that they seem to be synonyms for the same concept. ...
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Are ethics subjective? [closed]

I made a claim that ethics are completely subjective; that there is no one correct answer to a question in the form of: Is insert activity or behaviour here ethical or not? It was suggested that I ...
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What did Kierkegaard consider to be “reflection”?

After mentioning Kierkegaard's leveling and mathematical equality concepts, this passage is quoted: The individual no longer belongs to God, to himself, to his beloved, to his art or to his ...
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Did something improbable happen when I became conscious?

Let's take that person's subjective experience of the universe is given. If we take for example one particular person - lets say the person that is reasoning about this question (denoted with I in the ...
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Personhood and aims

Which philosopher originally proposed having "aims" or "intentions" as a condition of (moral) personhood? I often see this used in discussions of abortion and euthanasia: e.g., "He does not have ...
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Can we regard the “mass subjectivity” as “objectivity”? [closed]

Imagine that 6 billion people of earth out of 7 billion population (almost 85%) think that a song is beautiful. In other words, 85% of the whole population, subjectively consider a song as being ...
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Which philosophers provide theories of subjectivity?

Which philosophers write about subjectivity? What are some primary sources for philosophical theories of subjectivity?
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Where does the notion of subjectivity break in the case of beauty? [closed]

Sometimes we say that beauty is subjective but it is also felt that it is not that subjective always. Where does it break? Or is beauty always quite subjective?
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Are there philosophers who examined the reasons for believing in the existence of other people?

While I am familiar with Descartes and the oft-quoted idea, I think therefore I am, I am not familiar with any philosophy that actively sought to rationalize that anybody else exists. Are there ...