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tips for future philosophy student

In September I will begin my first year in uni and because I have studied philosophy only in high school, do you have any tips / advice to give me? I have been thinking a lot about the different ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

In my experiences with ChatGPT (3 sessions - 6 hrs, 2hrs and 4 hrs) it has done amazingly, exceedingly, mind-blowingly well. (And I am an ex-programmer, not so easy to surprise or impress). I asked ...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

(I am new to this section in stackexchange) Is it because the subject is too vague to become a subject? Also, when I meet college students, I ask them what they study, I find them studying a wide rage ...
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How to motivate ‘unless’ = ‘if not’, with etymology?

My high school students still reckon Lande’s two motivations for ‘unless’ = ‘if not’ (below) too abstract, formalistic! Thus I need a third, but simpler, motivation with merely etymology. But how do I ...
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How do Philosophy students deal with archaic and old English in Philosophy books?

I am from India and English is my third language. When I tried to get into Philosophy, the first book I picked up was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Even though I liked the book, the archaic grammar ...
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Going into philosophy as a computer scientist

I have a bachelor's degree in philosophy (from way back) and a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science (just graduated). Now I am exploring going back into philosophy for my PhD. In what ...
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A philosophy professor or philosopher-professor? [closed]

Reading this job description for the position of Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Cambridge, one of the key questions that comes to mind is: does an academic certification/position in philosophy ...
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Are there any recommended resources for exploring the dynamics of power relationships within the context of teacher-student interactions?

I am interested in the interplay of power within the educational setting, specifically focusing on the role of the teacher as a potential authoritarian figure akin. It seems that the traditional ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

"Philosophy is for posh white boys with trust funds". A report by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2015 showed that over 70% of employed philosophers in the UK are white men. Of course, other ...
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Would an efficient simplification of calculus merit an infinite credit allowance (in a credit economy)?

This question is based on the following considerations: There's some Philomena Cunk video out there where she interviews an economist or politician or something, about the 2008 financial catastrophe (...
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What uses can and should philosophy be put to? [closed]

Philosophy seems to underpin many of our activities, such as politics. So is philosophy active or reactive? Is philosophy a force for good?
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Can advanced technologies ever replace teachers by mentors in society?

This web article shows the difference between a teacher, a mentor, and a coach and a guide and gives mentors a higher status than teachers. Let me quote a few sentences from it: A teacher provides ...
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What logical fallacy is made in this argument that seems to prove that learning is futile?

To learn is to gain more knowledge. Having more knowledge means having more that one can forget. ∴, the more one learns, the more one forgets.
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Which Philosophers Wrote Directly About Education?

I assume the list is short, so can someone please list which philosophers (not pure educationalists) wrote entire books or treatises dedicated to education? I can name a few, for example, John Dewey's ...
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Visual representation of numbers?

When we learn mathematics we are given these visual representations of numbers, as things become more advanced we learn the idea of a 'number line', my question is how valid is the idea of a number ...
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Plato's Republic education system

What is the education system that Plato proposed? E.g. the United States education system might be: 3-4 basic counting and communication 5-6 basic math, reading, writing, shapes, and time 7-11 deeper ...
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How to answer people who would claim that "philosophy is useless"?

How to answer people who would claim that "philosophy is useless"? My take: "Philosophy, since it by def. considers fundamental matters, such as existence, cannot be rationally neglected, because ...
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How important is studying higher mathematics for graduate study in philosophy?

I am planning to apply to phd programs in philosophy. I am majoring in philosophy but I also have the opportunity to complete a second major in math (I have a few more classes to go). I'd like to ...
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How to rate philosophy essays?

I might end up teaching philosophy in Finnish lukio/gymnasium. I will not get an opportunity to practice teaching it - I do get to practice teaching mathematics a fair deal, though. (The situation is ...
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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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On philosophy PhD programs?

It's understood that U.S. Ph.D. programs are designed to be completed in 5 years (2 years of coursework/3 years of a thesis), whereas UK D.Phil programs are only 3 years (just a thesis) but require a ...
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Hard stuff made easy?

There is a philosophical assumption, inspired by educational didactics, which consists of thinking that any concept, no matter how intricate, can be presented in simple words and easily understood if ...
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How did the Sophists contribute to modern education?

I'm taking a course in Pedagogical Trends and we've studied about Sophists, Socartes and Plato.. So, I want to know how did the Sophists contribute to modern education?
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How "fairly sophisticated" could the intersection of mathematics and ethics be?

On page 42 of A Theory of Justice (the 1999 edition), Rawls says that moral theorizing might eventually involve "fairly sophisticated mathematics," and later in the book (page 105) he ...
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A Take on Application of Mathematics

The passage: "To introduce rigorous mathematics, I believe it's essential to discuss the whys and establish a core relation between mathematics and application. Mathematics begins with ...
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Purism / Purist Attitudes in Educational Philosophy? [closed]

As I look back on my education over the years, I have been a gradual disconnect in students between learning for the sake of understanding your field, craft, profession, where this alone is the ...
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Has the word Ancient.....become Ancient?

As a former History Instructor, as well as one who earned a Graduate Degree in History-("many moons ago"), words, such as, Ancient, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary, were commonplace and ...
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Is Political Correctness the enemy of Universalist Philosophy? [closed]

Political Correctness, was a sociocultural movement that began more than 30 years ago in the American Academy-(primarily within various the Humanities and Social Sciences). However, in the past few ...
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Should History Educators reemphasize chronological aptitude?

As a former History Instructor I was absolutely stunned by the widespread chronological ignorance displayed by many of my students. I was told by most of my students that they rarely learned about ...
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If Confucius was alive and started a modern school today, what would it look like practically?

Peace and Blessings. Recently I have been researching ancient practices in regards to teaching. One of such that I came across was Confucius and his approach to education. I am not well versed in ...
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What Does Dewey Mean By Educational "Aims" and "Ends"

In Chapter 8 of Democracy and Education, Dewey begins to discuss aims in education. He starts off by defining the nature of aims. At first I was under the impression that he was referring to the goals ...
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What language similar to computer coding do undergrad philosophy majors learn?

Please see bold below. What "logic language" is this? Looking for a philosophy book... : LSAT It's not worth picking up a philosophy book for the LSAT, unless you're looking to build up ...
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Best way to start philosophy? [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer, have a passion for philosophy. But I have no background in human science, but I guess I'm good at logic. Can you provide a profound study path to philosophy? What are the best ...
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Hume on Induction vs Education

Hume thinks that mental ideas are built upon repeated observations and habituation, namely by induction. As far as I know, the principal alternative to this view is given by Descartes, postulating ...
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Resources on learning-history-discrimination [closed]

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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How did Ivan Illich reconcile his dislike of academia with having been the vice rector of a university for years?

Did Ivan Illich apologize for being part of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico or his subsequent teaching at different universities? At some point he formed the opinion that schools cannot not ...
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Which Philosopher would you recommend for learning about the implied philosophy of gifted education?

I'm searching for a philosopher who either commented on gifted education or someone whose writings would critique/applaud gifted education in America. Someone who might be (or have been) a vocal ...
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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 ...
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Is there a way to tell which philosophers are correct in their musings? [closed]

Is quoting an authoritative source a useful or effective way to demonstrate that an assertion is correct?
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How should "knowledgeability" be defined? Is it merely w.r.t. to best scientific knowledge? [closed]

How should "knowledgeability" be defined? Is it merely w.r.t. to best scientific knowledge? What about things that science cannot measure? Or are there other "reasonable" forms of knowledge? Why ...
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At what point - if at all - can I call myself a philosopher? [closed]

I've been studying philosophy quite intensively for a year and a half. But when I say studying, I mean on the way to work, in audio format when I walk the dog and a lot of my free time. I do not ...
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What reasons could there be not to 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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Is rhetoric philosophy?

In rhetoric, students are primarily concerned with making arguments that are convincing. Rhetoricians who deviated from the truth were rightly skewered in Socrates' time for their problematic "...
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Are there any book recommendations for my philosophy teacher?

I'm seeking recommendations for a book to buy for my philosophy teacher, who is leaving my sixth form at the end of this year, so I would quite like to give him a gift as thanks for his talented ...
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John Dewey Interest and Discipline

In Chapter 10 of the book Democracy and Education by John Dewey, what does Dewey mean when he writes the following: The school cannot immediately escape from the ideals set by prior social ...
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Democracy of Education by John Dewey

What does it mean when he states, “Education is the laboratory in which philosophic distinctions become concrete and are tested.” This is in John Dewey's Democracy and Education, Chapter 24: ...
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Why can't we learn what we are not interested in? [closed]

The school system, as we know it, is and has been shaping students to fit the system in which they live. Throughout this process, the students are forced to learn (mostly memorize) subjects in which ...
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What makes a student good at philosophy? [closed]

I studied philosophy at undergrad, and it was a complete disaster! I was told at 10 I would have a phd in any subject I wanted, took and easily passed all the toughest SAT papers at high school, etc.. ...
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Really original ideas in philosophy papers?

Plagiarism is wrong, no question. Searching the internet before writing a paper might help, but philosophy is done not only in English. There are philosophy publications of all sorts in other ...
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Education of civil servants

I was wondering what would happen, if we required the people who serve in top positions in a democracy (president...) to go through a dedicated school, that would be free for anyone who wants to ...