This is a philosophical riddle in the spirit of other self-referential sentences which may be “paradoxes” (or not), like the liar’s paradox.

If this is the answer, what is the question?

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    can you expand on why it is a riddle at all? aside from being seemingly incoherent (which I wouldn't even charge the Liar with) Commented Apr 11 at 3:51
  • What, like Marco responded it maybe possible that the question is open ended and infinitely many possibilities. Again the use of the word "this" is too vague hence the infinite potential for answers. What is "this" (referring to)? - this could also be the question.
    – How why e
    Commented Apr 11 at 6:34
  • seems more of a riddle than a philosophical question, despite having self referential qualities. what did you say? but then IDK that answers your question
    – andrós
    Commented Apr 12 at 2:25

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If that was the answer, then this must be the question.

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    This? Hmmmmmmmm
    – TKoL
    Commented Apr 11 at 8:49

Give me an example of a question with negligible philosophical content? ;o)

  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review
    – Ludwig V
    Commented Apr 11 at 9:40
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    @LudwigV the question is a word game - all answers will be word game responses. There will be no high quality answers as it is not a high quality question (from a philosophical perspective) which is exactly what my answer says. Unfortunately the SE is full of questions that are essentially word games/constructive use of ambiguity rather than genuine philosophy. Commented Apr 11 at 9:44
  • Yes, I could see that people were having some fun with it. But I couldn't see any philosophical content and the rules don't have an exception for fun, so I had to vote to close.
    – Ludwig V
    Commented Apr 11 at 9:53
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    @LudwigV at least my answer has some philosophical content in that it points out the lack of it in the question. I have no objection to the question being closed, just with the deletion of my answer. Commented Apr 11 at 9:55
  • You didn't explain why you thought your answer was relevant, so I couldn't take that into account. It is always a good idea to make crystal clear how your answer addresses the question, just in case it isn't obvious to a reviewer.
    – Ludwig V
    Commented Apr 11 at 11:25

The question is, "What is the question?"

Alternatively, possibly "What?"

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