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Can Nietzsche's “will to power” make a person's life meaningful?

People seem to find some sort of "meaning" in Nietzsche. My question is, more specifically, can someone's "will to power" make their life meaningful, according to him? Does Nietzsche address anywhere ...
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How is the modern philosophical definition of life shaped by evidences from natural sciences?

How does philosophy define life? And how does it overlap and contrast with the concepts and nuances of other sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, and how has it been ...
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Why some people are boring and some are interesting? [closed]

Why we basically group people into interesting and boring (or any other), can anyone share some of their experiences related to this?
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What are the phylosophical implications of the definitions of life? [closed]

What are the philosophical implications of having life defined somehow? How can our worldview be affected by the definition of life we accept?
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Are we living or dreaming?

They say when you die your brain has approximately 8 seconds of brain activity in which you go into a dream state. Now it is know that in a dream state 8 seconds can feel like a lifetime in which you ...
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Is a suicidal person who continues to live disproving/contradicting determinism? [closed]

Consider someone who has repeatedly considered suicide, but who does not carry it out. There are two ways you can look at this (for the sake of argument here at least): 1.The person doesn't do it ...
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How does the physicalism discuss the line between life and death?

In this day and age with modern medicine, the line between life and death are blurred, as the brain dead may act as if it's alive, and the alive, due to being comatose may be reposed as if dead. What ...
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“For one who is dead, birth is certain.” Counter arguments [closed]

The Bhagavad Gita Chapter: 2 Verse: 27 says, "For one who is born, death is certain. For one who is dead, birth is certain. Therefore, you should not grieve over that which is inevitable." ...
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Death and Epictetus

In the Enchiridion, Epictetus seems suggest that goodness and badness are not “in” the world. They are “in” our reactions. For example he says that, “Death, for instance, is not terrible, else it ...
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Does Nietzsche say, and mean, that all life is unavoidably tragic?

Does Nietzsche say, and mean, that all life is unavoidably tragic? All I know, right now, is that he had a book The Birth of Tragedy, about theater I think. And, I think, that all life is a struggle ...
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Is existence a feature of life? Can a stone exist without life to recognize it?

First of all I would like to make clear I am not an expert in philosophy. With the question "Is existence a feature of life?" I mean the following: Could something exist without the presence of an ...
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Ultimate Goal of Life?

I'm currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement Literature class at my high school and yesterday we had a discussion on the ultimate goal of life. Our teacher asked us to interpret this quote to begin ...
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Is there a philosophical conception of not necessarily biological life?

Biologists usually think of life in terms of the ability of a system to harness energy from the environment to grow and to reproduce. However in Stanislav Lem's book 'Solaris' there is a vivid ...
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How is life defined mathematically? [closed]

I'm interested in the topic life, as every one should and when it crosses my mind I started reading about its different explanations like in biology they say life is combination of metabolism and ...
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Is happiness the coherence of belief and feeling?

I was thinking about addiction; I've enjoyed smoking for far too long. Seems to me that the "pleasure" of smoking actually has two aspects: the feeling; and the belief that you're doing the right ...
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Has any philosopher written approvingly of “living each day like it was your last”?

Has any philosopher written approvingly of "living each day like it was your last"? Or even, each thing you do (big or small) like it was the last thing you could?
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Is consciousness the base definition of living?

Humanity is at the advent of making self-aware and hence conscious Artificial Intelligence. What is the limit when we stop calling these "Artificial"? When does a machine take the title of "Living"? ...
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Why human die, what is the meaning of life? [closed]

I want to know, why human die? What is the meaning of life? I could die tomorrow. What's the meaning of all these things?
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Is there a philosophy of responsibility in terms of complacency

I was wondering, and I'm especially interested in either contemporary philosophers or critical theorists, if there was a (I assume existentialist) philosophy of complacency. Especially: I am doing ...
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Why is having a child and killing it worse than just not having it?

Consider these two scenarios: Parent(s) have a child. Mother and father realize they cannot feed the child, so they kill it. Parent(s) think about having a child, but realize that they will not be ...
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Does Heidegger treat the word “life”?

I would like to know if there are some references in which heidegger treats the word life. What does Heidegger say about life, and where?
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What is the branch of philosophy concerned with such questions?

What is the branch of philosophy concerned with questions like: If we're going to forget why do we learn? If we're going to die why do we struggle for? If we're going to die, is "happiness" a bogus ...
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What is substance dualism, it is required for either belief in a life after death or arguments for life after death?

Many traditional(philosophical and empirical ) arguments for life after death are based on substance dualism. What is substance dualism? is it necessarily required for either in a life after death or ...
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Is my interpretation of Objectivism in relation to environmental preservation correct? [closed]

Objectivism states, among the ethical aspects of its philosophy, that no human has the right to physically harm another in even the tiniest portion, except as just punishment. Environmental ...
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What are the counterarguments against abortions in rape cases to the Thomson paper?

Came here from Christianity StackExchange "A Defense of Abortion" (Thomson): You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious ...
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What if I don't want to become one with my supposed creator? [closed]

This question entertains the hypothesis that we are the product of one intelligence/consciousness and that our life purpose is to refine our souls to the degree that are once again one with this ...
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Can a Video Game be More than Just Entertainment? [closed]

I'm interested in creating video games that influence people in a positive way. On the surface, this seems like a tech question, but in reality, it's more philosophical. For instance.. Why do games ...
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Is there a moral requirement that associations of people have an appeals process?

given the existence of any group of persons, can it be argued that it is necessary to have a process where a member can appeal decisions when one is stonewalled by members of the group who hold ...
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Should one prioritize other's life over his own?

Let's consider the following situation: You are a teacher in a school. A serious fire breaks out in your classroom during your class. All of the students are able to get out except for your ...
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Why do people impose their opinions on others? [closed]

I have been thinking about this a while but avoided asking it because of the nasty stackexchange users. I'm drunk enough to now not care. Why do people force their beliefs and opinions on others as ...
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If I combine a factory-producing factory with a computer, did I just create life? [closed]

Consider building a mobile factory, capable of mining resources, powering its processes with solar energy, creating imperfect copies of itself, replacing its own parts and to some degree adapt its ...
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What is the purpose of life? Why should we live or even be created? [closed]

I have this empty feeling in life and no matter how many times I try to question myself, the answers don't seem to emerge. I feel like I don't have a purpose to live and consider myself as just one of ...
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definition of and difference between living and non living [closed]

Can anyone please help with definition of living and non-living. what is that dividing line that divides livings from non-livings.
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Regarding the possibility of the mind as a real phenomenon

There have been many science fiction stories written about the possibility of alien life in forms seemingly impossible to 'common sense' like the idea of 'incorporeal beings'; alien life 'made' out of ...
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The “point” to an Atheists existence [closed]

I've recently become Atheist (I am 45). I've slowly transitioned from my childhood's strong Christian upbringing; through Agnostic; to the point where my rational brain has now extrapolated the ...
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Aristotelian Analysis of Forgiveness?

I am in the process of responding to one of the latest Reading Comprehension Questions in my Ethics course. This week we were reading from pages 27-33 of Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics (2nd Ed.) ...
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Virtue and Vices associated with Pleasures in daily life?

I've been reading through the Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, translated by Terence Irwin. I have found his work far more to my liking than that of Mills in Utilitarianism and the work of Kant. What ...
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Immortality through technology? [closed]

I speak with a lot of quite terrified post humanists at the moment: terrified that they will miss the technological singularity and immortal life. But I can't help but think that they immortality is ...
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What caused the cause (to the power of eternity) [closed]

Modern science says that a cause causes another cause. i.e. the big bang was a cause which eventually caused everything we see today. So what caused the big bang? Apparently multi-verses colliding? ...
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Death penalty or isolation [closed]

If everybody's life is equal in rights, and has the basic same value. Let's say, there was a person who was considered a danger to all people(i.e. Serial killer) and was a harm to himself as well. ...
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Thought experiment: Argument whose life is more valuable organic or mechanical? [closed]

Let's consider the following scenario: There is a really important mission consisting of a team of two individuals: a sentient, artificially intelligent robot and a human. If the mission fails, ...
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Does human existence have absolute worth?

Kant says that only something “whose existence in itself had an absolute worth” could be the ground of a categorically binding law. He then boldly proclaims that Humanity is this absolutely valuable ...
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Kant on Euthanasia

I know there are many permutations of questions pertaining to euthanasia, but in the interest of specificity, let's keep it to these two cases. How might Kant respond to: A) The claim that ...
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A variant on the burito microwaving God

A epistemological variant of Homer's question about whether God could microwave a burito so hot He himself could not eat it, is about whether God could know what it is like not to know everything. ...
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Using embryos in stem cell medicine

To what age of embryo (if at all) it would be considered socially/morally acceptable to use embryo as stem cell source to potentially save someone's live? EDIT: I would like an answer to give ...
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Is the origin of Dasein the same as that of image making?

I'm reading Being and Time and have got to the passage where Heidegger says [...] we are to destroy the traditional content of ancient ontology until we arrive at those primordial experiences in ...
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Is a couple living in symbiosis?

I think the answer is yes. Since male and female can live on their own. But for the sake of reproduction and child rearing some form of symbiosis can develop.
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If there is life, then there is more complex life as well?

Researchers in Switzerland have developed an Altruism algorithm that shows how altruism in a swarm of entities can, over time, evolve and result in more effective swarm behaviour. For an ant colony, ...
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Is a pile of ants a, more or less, intelligent being?

Due to the definition of life an ant colony acts and reacts like a life form. There is even a "Ant colony optimization" Example Algorithm... Does this mean that the whole pile of ants, not its ...
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What optical features do we use to distinguish “life” from “non-life”? [closed]

Let's first define "living". A living thing is an object that shares some traits with other living things, e.g. it has a metabolism, it has been "born" (in the broadest sense, including cell division ...