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Privacy in the modern context [closed]

In Roman times, 'privacy' had more to do with one’s “private” domain where one is the master of one’s own house rather than the sense we have today where the emphasis is more on one’s private thoughts,...
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What is the difference between intellectual freedom and spiritual freedom?

What do the two, intellectual freedom and spiritual freedom, mean and how do these two differ? Intellectual freedom is widely known but I can't seem to find reliable sources that point out the ...
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Is freedom a paradox?

The notion of freedom is clearly paradoxical. If everyone is free to do whatever they want, they are free to restrict other people's freedom, and hence those people are not free. If this is not ...
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Jean-Paul Sartre freedom question [duplicate]

Jean-Paul Sartre claimed we are totally free. This might lead some people to think they can show no concern for others and do whatever they want. He warned, however, if everything is based on free ...
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How can I abandon beliefs supplied by the culture?

I have beliefs which seem irrational and trivial to me. These beliefs diminish my freedom. But still, guilt is produced when I am not acting in accordance with these beliefs. I am not speaking about ...
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According to Kierkegaard, is freedom not possible?

If my understanding is correct, then Kierkegaard (The Sickness Unto Death) is saying that freedom is impossible. What I understand from reading: Guilt is directly proportional with the realization ...
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Is freedom always either completely subjective or psychopatic?

If we define freedom in its purest form as The right to do whatever you want. then this is clearly a very psychopatic concept. The right to do whatever you want? So if you want to kill, you have ...
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Deterrent effect of nuclear weapons in comparison with carrying Firearms?

Would it be feasible to to compare the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons between nuclear armed countries (if such exist), with the deterrent effect of a majority of citizen carrying firearms, inside ...
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Does free software contradict its own “free as in speech” metaphor?

The "free as in speech" metaphor is often used to describe free software like that licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL). But the GPL restricts your freedom to distribute derivatives as closed ...
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Is 'self ownership' encompassed in John Locke's 3 natural and inalienable human rights life liberty and property?

Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labour of his body and the work of his hand, we may say are properly his. [- John Locke, Second Treatise, ...
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School/branch of philosophy based on freedom

New to the exchange, please be gentle. Are there any branches of philosophy that hold freedom as something that is intrinsically good? I think that libertarianism and various versions comprise one ...
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Are fate and the power to choose two separate dimensions?

It seems that we can say that we are completely governed by the universe but then at the same time step into a state of freedom to choose and have the power of will. How is it possible that both ...
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Would there be free will if we assume a stochastic component in the decision making?

I was reading this answer regarding materialism and free will. It says that, under the assumption that there isn't a random process underlying decision making, there is no free will. And isn't that a ...
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Does Freedom of Speech Actually Exist? [closed]

I have been reading the Q&As on here regarding Freedom of Speech and in Do human rights exist?, @alanf said in his answer [P]eople should have freedom of speech so that the government can't ...
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How does Hegel overcome determinism without noumena?

Hegel rejects the noumena/phenomenical dichotomy developed by Kant in his transcendental idealism and replaces it with his idea of absolute idealism. Kant, embedded in a Newtonian paradigm, holds the ...
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How is it that humans can contemplate individual liberty for some while at the same time accept the idea of owning and selling fellow humans?

The Enlightenment was a period in which concepts such as individual rights, individual liberty, and equality began to gain popularity. Yet it is precisely in this same period that the slaves trade is ...
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What are the authoritative books advocating restrictions on Freedom of Speech?

I have read the authoritative books in favor of freedom of speech (and in favor of freedom in the larger sense), but for the sake of learning, I wanted to know what were the authoritative books and ...
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Why is freedom obscure for Arendt? How does she prove or illustrate such obscurity?

In her article "What is freedom" she says "The reason for this obscurity is that the phenomenon of freedom does not appear in the realm of thought at all, that neither freedom nor its opposite is ...
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Is Isaiah Berlin's distinction between positive and negative freedom trivially exhaustive?

Are Isaiah Berlin's positive and negative freedoms trivially exhaustive? Wikiepdia says he argued for: the need for us to distinguish and trade off analytically between, rather than conflate, ...
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Is freedom of speech meaningful if there is no freedom from consequences?

How is freedom of speech meaningful if you have to always bear consequences of it like it would be in a society without freedom of speech? In a democratic and free country you'll be punished if you ...
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Who was/were the philosopher(s) that said “man is free when he feels like he is free”?

I remember, some time ago, reading about a philosopher who said that a person is free if he feels like he is free (100% paraphrasing here). I can't seem to find who he/she was, any help?
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Was Marx an existentialist?

Obviously someone like Marcuse is often lumped under both 'Marxism' and 'existentialism'. What about Marx? I ask myself a lot how there can be any meaning to life when death is inevitable and ...
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Can “freedom toward death” have 'freedom' translated out of it?

The term "freedom toward death" appears in Heidegger's Being and Time, e.g. p255 to be itself in the passionate anxious freedom toward death, which is free of the illusions of the they, factical, ...