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Thoughts on Open Logic Project?

I'm currently thinking about starting to expand my knowledge of logic beyond what I retain from my previous study of logic by making use of the materials available through: OpenLogicProject (https://...
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This philosopher deliberately taught misinformation

I remember reading once about a philosopher (Kierkegaard? Schopenhauer? Aristotle?) who would deliberately supply their students with misinformation that they should learn better, seek the truth. ...
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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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Where to start with the philosophy of mathematics?

This may be a duplicate question. What is the best way to get started with the philosophy of mathematics? Given that I know (from university) the basics that are discussed (Set theory, Russell's ...
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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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How to stay up-to-date on modern philosophy?

It is rather difficult to decide what to read, what is obsolete, and so forth. How does one stay up-to-date on modern philosophical thought? Are there journal apps which show new essays, articles, ...
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Best way to start philosophy?

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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What does it mean for philosophical texts to be also great literary works?

Source: Philosophy: The Basics (2012 5 ed), p. 2 Bottom. The history of philosophy is a fascinating and important subject in its own right, and many of the classic philosophical texts are also ...
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Is it necessary to read philosophical texts in order?

What I mean by this is simple: does one necessarily need to read Plato in order to grasp his theory of forms before reading Aristotle; and further still, must one read the two of them in order to read ...
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Which (European) Language(s) are recommended to learn for philosophy?

I am planning on learning a European language over the summer, probably German, Spanish or French. What is recommended both in terms of philosophy literature which is best understood in the original ...
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Common argument against current level of AI

A common argument against the current level of AI I often hear is "A child can recognize a dog after seeing it once, whereas it takes a model thousands of images". This makes sense on the surface, ...
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How do philosophers approach learning 'new' texts?

In the West, do most contemporary philosophy students and philosophers reads the entirety of Western philosopher? Do they, for instance, read every single thing written by Hume, Voltaire, Nietzsche, ...
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How do we learn math and science?

I have very little experience in philosophy, so I am not sure if this question is common (I could not find anything on it). This site seemed to be most fitting for the question, but if this question ...
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Why cannot anything in Plato be skipped, because you cannot skip a part of a play or poem?

Source: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading (Revised 1972 ed.), p. 284 Top.   Spinoza carried the conception even farther. His Ethics is written in strict mathematical form,...
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How to start Philosophy and find the branches that are related to my questions?

From Wikipedia: Ontology: philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Epistemology: study of the nature ...
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Philosophers who wrote about limits of knowledge?

What if "the truth" about any concept (consciousness, reality, religion,physics, etc.), turns out to be a complex idea such that our brains can't simply process it in a single lifespan. For example, ...
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How does excelling in philosophy help shorten the learning curve on other subjects?

[Penultimate bullet:] Get really good at something totally different than philosophy (because being good at philosophy helps shorten the learning curve on everything [bold mine]). This question ...
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Most effective ways to self-learn philosophy

I am interested in self-learning philosophy, but I am faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: being dyslexic (metaphorically speaking) while reading serious philosophical works (including ...
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Why does A.R.C. Duncan opine that compared with science or history, only philosophy obliges students to philosophise for themselves?

Source: p 393 Bottom-394 Top, Introducing Philosophy for Canadians: A Text with Integrated Readings (2011 1 ed). Primary Source: Moral Philosophy, by A.R.C. Duncan   An important consequence of ...
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Why can parts of masterworks in philosophy be skipped?

TL/DR: This question presumes reading of a philosophical work for fun and self-learning. How did philosophers err or underperform, and so enable or justify some skipping? Did they repeat themselves ...
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How to approach contemporary anarchist theories?

I have lately become very interested in anarchism. I have become especially interested in what is called Green Anarchism and Infoanarchism and I pretend to read more about them. I also agree with ...
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How do you progress in self-learning Critical Thinking, after completing an introductory textbook?

The assertion♦ that Critical Thinking (hereafter CT) includes, but does not equal, Logic, implies the insufficiency of Logic to teach CT. I plan to read textbooks in both CT and Logic that ...
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To learn philosophy, which famous philosophers favour starting with modern introductions over primary sources?

Source: p 211, Philosophy; The Classics (4 ed, 2014) by Nigel Warburton BA PhD (Philosophy) At the very end of his book [The Problems of Philosophy], Russell claims that students who want to ...
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Do machine learning algorithms have knowledge?

By "machine learning algorithm" I'm referring to basic, primarily statistical, machine learning algorithms; for concrete examples consider simple classifier algorithms like SVM or Bayesian classifier ...
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Do you need to learn the old dialects in which older philosophy is written?

(TL;DR) Abbreviate ED as earlier dialects of your modern first language(s). I desire to read philosophy written in only ED, and not in languages which must be learned from scratch; but I fail to ...
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What exactly is a non-analytic method of thinking? Any examples of widely accepted ways of nonstructural thinking methods? [closed]

A.S. analytic and systemic definitions I mainly used from here, but there might be more general or specific meanings I am not aware of that is not covered in that link (Definition: A "chunk" is a ...
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How to self study Plato?

I started to self study Plato but I am not sure how to arrange my knowledge. In general philosophy books, Plato's philosophy is separated by subject matter (metaphysics, language, ethics), but this ...
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Should you read simpler paraphrases before the older original works of philosophy?

I'm self-learning philosophy, but am untrained in linguistics, and fear obscurantism. So I prefer and find more helpful 'paraphrases': (which I define to mean) other philosophers' rewrites and ...
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What is the prerequisite knowledge for reading philosophers of the Enlightenment?

I want to read philosophical texts, however I have not done so because I am daunted by the prospect of it. I guess this stems from the nature of ideas, that is they are usually in dialogue with other ...
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Understanding “Being and Time”

After reading a few books on introduction to philosophy, I was recommended to read "Being and Time" by Martin Heidegger as I found temporality very interesting. Knowing that this book is one that many ...
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Paul Valery's Crisis of the Mind [closed]

An excerpt from Paul Valery's Crisis of Mind: I was saying the other day the peace is the kind of war that allows acts of love and creation in its course; it is, then, a more complex and ...
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What are some simple ways to start learning philosophy?

It is hard for me to read and understand philosophical texts or secondary literature - even with Wikipedia. I don't want to give up, I just need to start slowly and with very basic things. How can I ...