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Human relations for the future

If the future had lesser jobs for humans at all would (seems to head that way now like AI,partial self reliance vacuum cleaner, smart car) the world be undoing what it just done?What do I mean?For a ...
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According to Stirner, are other humans “spooks”?

Of course, Stirner was very much the individualist. I've not read much of The Ego and His Own, and doubt I'd make much sense of it. If I were to make a big thing about other humans not being "spooks",...
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Why do people argue in favor of IQs, while then encouraging people (of any IQ) to use hard work to obtain the same successes?

At the same time people will say (science included) that IQ is a very important thing -- while at the same time saying that people with lower IQs can do things that people with higher IQs can -- while ...
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What essential properties make us human?

(Correct me if I am wrong) In ontology, essentialism is the belief that object O has property P, property P is therefore an ESSENTIAL property if there is something else which is not property ...
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Is Frank Herbert's view on 'equality' similar to Aristotle justice?

Herbert was not a philosopher, but a philosophically astute author that used futuristic fiction to comment on contemporary problems, "impossible to pin you down to neatly packaged ideas" according to ...
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Confusion on social conventions

Biologically we humans are animals. I've thought about this lately and really would like the insight of others. If animals start breeding when they reach bodily maturity, then why is this seen badly ...
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Is there any author that argues for radical moral pluralism?

Let me first clarify what I mean with "radical" here. While many modern authors, if not all, accept moral pluralism of sorts, all that I know of express either the hope, if not the conviction, that ...
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Which artistic form (Visual, Audio, Literary etc.) is the best at conveying emotion?

I have always felt that art, at least good art, is a method by which to convey emotion - to imbue part of the artists soul into something physical. What do philosophers say is the best medium to ...
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What is the worth of developed societies and humanity over catastrophic global warming

While growing, I learned that human have 3 basic needs: meal, cloth and a house. If we look at the history, the basic needs sound reasonable. Nowadays, these basic needs has been transformed into ...
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Is our “meaning of life” fundamentally different from that of other animals?

Whatever the "meaning of life" may be (I interpret "meaning" as "purpose" here) is for us, Homo Sapiens, do we assume the "meaning of life" for humans differs fundamentally from the "meaning of life" ...
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What does Ortega y Gasset mean by “art is dehumanizing”?

In "Man and People", Ortega discusses the dehumanization of art, which is made confusing from his repeated switching between speaking literally and speaking philosophically, and by virtue of his work ...
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Which form of human nature, Renxing, do you think is more logical?

In Chinese philosophy, there are 2 main views of human nature, also known as renxing, as proposed by Mengzi and Xunzi. I want to know which philosophy seems more logical or correct. Mengzi says ...
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Contemporary objections to “human nature”

Motivation The sentiment that Human Rights are not universal poses legal, political, and philosophical problems. Stephen C. Angle cites the head of a Chinese delegation, Liu Huaqiu (1995), in his ...
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Have we philosophically found a theory to end the human suffering?

Almost all religions observed that life is a suffering and provided means to end the human suffering by doing some prayer or penance. Most philosophers also ,I guess, recognize that life is a ...
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Is the idea of the word of God a means to understand human nature, and prayer?

The idea may sound stupidly ridiculous, but I wonder, can the word of God (Christ?) be read as an allegory on how it is that prayer works. If you see John 1:1-3 it says: In the beginning was the ...
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Correlation between Stirner's “spooks” and Dawkins' “memes”?

Stirner proposed that most commonly accepted social institutions – including the notion of State, property as a right, natural rights in general, and the very notion of society – were mere illusions. ...
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What are the reasons for taboos in a society?

As we know, the society is full of taboos on many topics such as sex, drugs, etc... But what are the reasons for the creation of taboos by humans? Shouldn't we be open-mind and free to discuss all ...
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Is procreation a given?

Is procreation an inbuilt component of human nature? I am interested in developing more of an understanding about procreation in humans from a critical, philosophical perspective. For example look ...
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Does Self-Refutation suffice for scholarly argumentation?

Does the significance of self-refutation vary based on the particulars involved or will such particulars always make a logical fallacy? To be more specific: If concept A is used to deny concept B, ...
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Is there a dichotomy between individuality and “humans are social animals”?

Is there a dichotomy between individuality and "humans are social animals"? What kind of theory is there available about this topic? By dichotomy I mean "opposition". I.e. are there contradictions ...
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What besides ethics might make the value of a person?

What could determine the value of a person in a similar way to how I imagine (because of a vaguely Christian upbringing I guess) their ethical behaviour does? I'm interested in any sort of ...
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What is mauvaise foi as it relates to ethics? Philosophy?

The title says it all. I know it means 'bad faith' but I'm really looking for a more concrete explanation of what it means and how it relates to ethics. Additionally, it would be helpful to understand ...
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Can you argue that you are not selfish?

Psychological egoism, can anyone provide an everyday action which a healthy human mind would carry out which doesn't have the motive of preservation of the individuals own life at heart? For example, ...
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In light of the ecological crisis, what defence can be made for anthropocentrism (human-centredness)?

Given the current ecological crisis caused by human industrial activity, what justifications can be made for prioritizing humans over other lifeforms and ecosystems, and adopting an anthropocentric ...
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What does Nietzsche mean by the intellectual costs that “For” and “Against” incur?

In the preface of Human, All Too Human Nietzsche talks about control over one's For and Against. He mentions this after stating that the free spirit is able to become a master over virtues and uses ...
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How to handle a question where the other person have a has no reference frame to compare it to?

Take questions like the following... What is it like growing up in the country? (when they have only known what's it like in the countryside). What is it like to be blind? Is there a way to ask them ...
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Does Philosophy have a Good Answer to Personal Inadequacy?

Some of the answers and comments to this question got me thinking about the problem of personal inadequacy. By this I mean, people seem to regularly hold values/ideals/morals beyond anything they ...
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Is human nature necessarily metaphysics? Is it not possible to have an account of human nature that doesn't involve metaphysics?

I'm working on an MA Dissertation on MacIntyre's thought. And I find that from his earlier rejection of Aristotelian metaphysical biology, he moves back into discussing human nature in a very ...
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Is Fatherhood among humans really natural? [closed]

I read in a book and have heard this argument by many social scientists that Fatherhood was an invention by humans during the time when we first started living as societies. This was presumably in ...
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'the unexamined life is not worth living' [duplicate]

Apparently, Socrates claimed the following: the unexamined life is not worth living What is "unexamined life" supposed to mean in this context, could you please elaborate?
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What determines individual experience?

I understand that evidence found in neuroscience points to the idea that consciousness, feelings, etc are all generated via biological processes within the brain. Now, Going off the fact that by ...
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We are all unique…? [closed]

This is a somewhat silly observation, but in so far as we are all taking random walks through life, I noticed that the mathematical probability of reaching any given point in multidimensional space ...
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Why do we want to be happy? [closed]

The question is really simple, but at the same time really deep. Why do we seek for a life that would make us happy? Why for example wouldn't we want to be sad? Or to be neither happy nor sad? Why do ...
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Answering difficult questions about the state of humanity [closed]

My child is at that age of asking difficult questions. Things like How come Japan has suffered two nuclear attacks and is still one of the largest economies in the world? Or How come people in ...
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Do humans have skills we haven't discovered yet?

I was thinking about the invention of writing. Before we had writing, we didn't have writing; but we had the potential to have writing. We know this because cats and caterpillars don't have writing, ...
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What are some philosophical arguments for accepting absurdity?

In absurdist philosophy, the Absurd arises out of the fundamental disharmony between the individual's search for meaning and the meaninglessness of the universe. As beings looking for meaning in a ...
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Do we have an understanding of the universe? [closed]

My question is if we as rational creatures have come to terms that the universe is huge, there are planets bigger than earth, and with the advance of string theory, have we as humans finally have a ...
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Can society exist without hierarchy?

If we consider "a society" to be a group of individuals within the same species who cooperate for the benefit of the group as a whole, then it is reasonable to say that all human societies are ...
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What's the value in being “fashionable”? [closed]

I find concept of something being "fashionable" quite puzzling. Why many people feel obliged to wear "fashionable clothes"? They don't wear it because of aesthetic value - or do they? If something was ...
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Why do humans desire and admire beauty?

What is it that causes the human person to recognize beauty? I think its safe to say that everyone, to some extent, has experience some sort of perception of transcendent beauty. This recognition ...
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Is Morality an end in itself or a means to a higher end, and if the latter, what is the higher end?

If morality is nothing more than an evolutionary by-product, i.e. a tool developed for the purpose of prolonging one's existence and/or facilitating reproduction, it seems to make little sense to ...
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Why is losing a limb different from shaving?

If someone loses a limb and the limb is hypothetically moved to a different country, I think most people will agree that the limb is still "part of" the body (i.e., "owned by" that person), even ...
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Is modern information technology fundamentally changing the way humans acquire and process knowledge?

It would appear that in the contemporary world, it is hardly necessarily for the individual to 'know' anything. Far more important is the ability to cull knowledge from readily available repositories ...
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Is philosophy anthropocentric by definition?

Could all philosophical arguments have an anthropocentric bias, in the same way as a rational argument refers to the beliefs held by that person. One could say that philosophy either is biased, or is ...
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Is it possible for something PERFECT to be created by humans?

Once in high school, a philosophy professor asked us the following question, as homework: Is it possible for something perfect to be created by humans? We were to discuss this question in the next ...
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literature and theories of man's encounter with himself

I am planning on writing a paper on what Sellars calls "the paradox of man's encounter with himself" (Sellars Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man 1962: 6). To quote Sellars in more detail: "[...
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What would be the logical consequences of human will/nature being corrupt?

I'm have a question that I don't think is on topic over on Christianity.SE even though it is the exchanges in chat there constantly raise the issue. This is a kind of thought experiment. "It is the ...
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Would immortality be good or bad for humanity? [closed]

I had a flash after watching some videos of Dr Aubrey de Gray's researches on postponing aging indefinitely. According to him, it will be possible – in a near future – to cure aging process of every ...
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What philosophical views are there on the problem of boredom?

"I am convinced that boredom is one of the greatest tortures. If I were to imagine Hell, it would be the place where you were continually bored" - Eric Fromm Has there been any ...