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Is Nozick's Criticism of Rawls correct?

When Nozick says distributive justice 'marks a shift from the classical liberal notion of self ownership to a notion of property rights in others', is this a fair criticism of Rawls and distributive ...
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“I trust my senses” — Why does this tend to be restricted to the external senses?

I routinely come across mini-epistemologies that start with something like: Cogito ergo sum. (presupposes "I", oops!) My senses are sufficiently reliable. These days, it is often admitted that we ...
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Did Putnam proved Hume wrong about the impossiblity of ground for ethical claims?

Is well known Hume's argument in A treatise of Human Nature that we can't derive normative judgments from descriptive statements. Recently one of my teachers said that Putnam proved Hume wrong showing ...
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What are the main differences between Pierce, James, & Dewey?

Pierce, James, & Dewey are generally regarded as the three originators of American pragmatism. Personally, I have noticed each of them for different reasons. James is interesting because of his ...
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Is there a sheaf-theoretic description of para-consistent logics?

Paraconsistent logics drop the notion of global consistency, instead they have a notion of local consistency. In sheaf-theory, or categorical logic, as in topos theory, there is a notion of local ...
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Concepts of state and transition as used by Kierkegaard

While reading Søren Kierkegaard's "The Concept of Anxiety", I asked myself how much of the temporal interpretation of dialectic and the interaction between state and transition (leap) are original to ...
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The mass surveillance of price and the invisible hand?

In Hayeks Road to Serfdom, he distinguishes between central planning & decentralised planning. And states that decentralised planning makes the most sense, since the available information is too ...
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What do contemporary philosophers think of Kant's categories of the understanding?

In the first Critique, Kant listed the different "categories" that are necessary "a priori" for human understanding : quantity, quality, modality and relation. (if my understanding is correct!) Are ...
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Weber and Marx - Modern Culture and Dominant Culture

Not sure if this is the right forum, but this seems to be the best fit. IF there is a better forum, please direct me. Marx and Weber are both concerned with the role of "culture" or "idea/ideology" ...
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Archaic mathematical reality as referred to by mathematician Alain Connes

Reading Alain Connes' less-technical books (with coauthors) Conversations on Mind, Matter, and Mathematics (1995) and Triangle of Thoughts (2001) left me especially impressed with his platonist view ...
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Physics and Nozick's explanatory self-subsumption

What happened with Nozick's idea of the self-subsuming explanation after his Philosophical Explanations? In particular and actually only, I'm interested to learn about published attempts to use or ...
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Is there, if any, direct relation between rhizome and Body without an organs? How does that happen

I am in the middle of A Thousand Plateaus and something, which is the relationship between rhizome and body without organs. The reason it is that they took part in the constitution of relationship ...
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Was Augustine intentionally ambiguous? (Regarding free will)

So many scholars have written about St. Augustine and his views on free will, but there is little consensus to be formed from their literature. According to John Rist: There is still no consensus ...
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What is the difference between epistemic and ontological when it comes to special relativity?

I'm taking my first philosophy class and am writing my first paper on the notion of simultaneity, yet I find myself reading words such as 'epistemic' and 'ontological' which I'm finding very difficult ...
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How does Kant link the three subordinate formulations of the categorical imperative to the universal law?

How does Kant derive The Formula of an End in Itself, The Formula of Autonomy, and The Formula of the Kingdom of Ends from the The Formula of the Universal Law? So far, this is my understanding of ...

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