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Metaphilosophy is the philosophical study of philosophy itself — its goals, methods, scope, and relationship to other intellectual disciplines or human projects.

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How do analytic philosophers ground analytic philosophy?

Analytic philosophy tends to not be concerned with meta questions and resolves a distinction between analytic truths and synthetic truths, favouring an analysis on the analytic aspect, usually in ...
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How to distinguish philosophical works from self-help books?

I imagine that the terms philosophical work and self-help book elicit different responses in most people, but there seems to be some overlap. For instance, the works of Epicurus are all about actively ...
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Is Philosophy decaying into an antiquated subject? [closed]

Is Philosophy decaying into an antiquated Subject in 21st Century whereas lots of questions could be answered within modern Science? Yes or No? Explain Why for your answer. I have longed for asking ...
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Is philosophy science or humanities?

Is philosophy a branch of science, a branch of the humanities, both, or neither? Personally, I think philosophy is neither a branch of science nor a branch of the humanities, it is in its own category....
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Would graphing the SEP show that nontrivially-repeated-premise logic is in some sense "indispensable" to (meta)philosophy?

I get stuff about multiple-ending books, most notably the "Choose Your Own Adventure" brand, on my FB feed, and one time there was an article about a graph of such a book. Or there is a ...
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Where can I go to find one-on-one verbal Philosophical discussion?

I don't know if method questions are as allowable as content questions, but I am seeking conversational partners to riff on and analyze ideas with as I wend through philosophical inquiries. Because I ...
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Learning metaphysical truths by introspection

There might be many psychological benefits of meditation and other introspective habits. I'm looking for something different. What metaphysical facts can we discover by this process? How many of these ...
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Are all the “needs and wants” of the universe already thought of?

Technology is always progressing and science appears to be bottomless. But is there a limit to the needs and wants of a living being? Our ancient ancestors weren’t that much different than us. I’m ...
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The older, the smarter. Is the wisdom of time a scientifically proven fact or just human prejudices?

For example, physicists, engineers, computer scientists don't care much about ancient studies and don't mind throwing away older theories and research. Yet, in philosophy and religious studies, we ...
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How should one answer the question ‘What is X?’?

This is sort of a thought experiment. I am not sure I expect it to mature into a canonical question, but I hope to have a little discussion through it. Imagine someone asks “What is/are X?”, where X ...
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What is an argument (in philosophy)?

Closely related (sub)question: is there some way to tell a piece of (spoken, or writen, or...) text that is an argument from one that isn't? If 'yes', how? [Notice the question is not asking "...
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Philosophy as antithesis to intuition

I have recently come across a video that explains intuition and some of its challenges. One of the last challenges that came up in the video was the idea that one of the goals of philosophy is to ...
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Is the Anglo-Analytical tradition founded on rejecting the principle of sufficient reason?

In this blog-post on a criticism of Nagels book Mind & Cosmos the author makes the assertion: This is no surprise because analytical philosophy was founded in the act of rejecting PSR. Our ...
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Is there an overarching purpose for philosophy?

I am new to the study of philosophy. I wonder if there is an overarching purpose or aim to philosophy? I have explored the idea that all the thematic areas of philosophy point to an aim of something ...
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Is it actually a good thing that there is so little consensus and so much disagreement in the field of philosophy?

In fields like mathematics and physics and other so-called "hard sciences", there is not much room for disagreement. Usually, those who disagree with well-established physical theories like ...
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What are any contemporary, state-of-the-art references defining philosophy, from a meta-philosophical point of view?

What is a comprehensive definition of philosophy? Or is it impossible to define philosophy? At the risk of being ‘too broad’ a question, I would like to point out that the question of what philosophy ...
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Logic and its beginnings and why it is

When dealing with logic aren't we supposed to question logic, as though what caused it and why it is and therefore ask or beg the question, "Can our basic understanding of logic be logical?" ...
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Why doesn't philosophy have higher standards for its arguments?

Mathematical systems are an excellent model for organizing and conducting thought: In the mathematics community, any argument in support of a conjecture, that deviates from "sound argument" never ...
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Can Philosophy explain itself?

This question is prompted by recent questions: A short, understandable definition of philosophy and Do you need to know what philosophy is to study it? Sciences are usually well defined, and the task ...
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Can one look at philosophy under the light of fictionalism? What ideas follow from this thought process? [closed]

I understand that fictionalism can be attributed to a majority of disciplines, the ones I am familiar with are modal fictionalism, mathematical fictionalism and moral fictionalism, so I was thinking ...
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What are some resources for writing professional philosophical research articles?

I am a philosophy graduate student. I have written several papers, but I've never been able to publish them, and they all got rejected. Therefore, I started to think that my skills were not good ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement? Is it due primarily to operating with different premises absent consensus on their truth, so that dissenters ...
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Can you list other Collingwood's Absolute Presuppositions?

Robin G. Collingwood's posited the existence of absolute presuppositions (AS). As a reminder, presuppositions are for Collingwood assumptions and guiding precepts that are closed to further analysis ...
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How can we even know which philosophical interpretation of probability is correct?

There are quite a few philosophical interpretations of probability. But how can we know which one, if any, is the correct interpretation? How do we decide that? What method would we use to even decide ...
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Would philosophy be useless if there were a box of answers?

All of the ideas are mine, I don't know a lot about philosophy's terms, I'll be clear and I'll speak in human's terms. Imagine someday everything is normal, kids going to schools, doctors going to ...
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Are we studying philosophy or philosophers?

In science, if one asks the question "What is the structure of DNA?", rarely will one get the answer "According to Watson and Crick, it's twin-helical". Similarly, a chemistry course does not begin by ...
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Are philosophical theories and "-isms" even testable?

I recently asked how we can even know which philosophical interpretation of probability is correct, here: How can we even know which philosophical interpretation of probability is correct?. However, ...
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Is there such a thing as absolute proof?

Can you prove, absolutely and 100%, that something is true, in the field of philosophy? It always seems you can go a layer down, and find another question, almost endlessly. Reference Development of ...
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Does 'cogito ergo sum' actually establish the existence of an objective truth/reality?

Before I start describing my questions, I would like to draw some background on my understanding and knowledge of Descartes' ontological(metaphysical) views regarding the cogito and philosophy in ...
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How does the German concept of "Lebenswelt" (= life-world) solve philosophical problems?

Which problems from philosophy or from the external world can be attacked successfully and solved by using the German concept Lebenswelt (= life-world)? I do not ask for the information which can be ...
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Is there an objective in science that only has one method to accomplish it? [closed]

I sometimes look at various scientific processes and there always seems that most of the objectives we humans look for; have more than one means to achieve it. Heating something, cooling something off,...
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What is reason, and where does it come from?

It seems odd to me, to reflect that things in the world are the way they are, but not some other way. Maybe ‘reason’ tells us why things are a certain way. By structuring thinking, ‘reason’ lets us ...
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Is Hegel's system really without presuppositions?

It is stated that Hegel was looking to start his system of logic and philosophy in general with what has absolutely no assumptions, frameworks, or presupposed things whatsoever. Is this really ...
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Are debates in metaphysics usually substantive?

In the SEP article on truth, the author remarks The contrast [of the coherence theory of truth] with the correspondence theory of truth is clear. Far from being a matter of whether the world provides ...
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Has science ever disproved philosophical theories?

I am aware that science and philosophy, in their modern guise, are two separate beasts that never cross the same domains but sometimes it happens that philosophy influences science and that science ...
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What problems are there to a fictionalist response to determinism?

The general strategy of the fictionalist is to weaken what we mean by “responsibility” so that in some weakened sense, “responsibility” can exist even though determinism is both true and incompatible ...
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Is "Why do we live?" a philosophical question?

After posting a question akin to "Why do we live?" in the r/AskPhilosophy subreddit its moderators got it removed, providing as motivation "All questions must be about philosophy". ...
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Why is it so hard to give a good definition of philosophy?

I have never seen an adequate definition of philosophy. It seems like a "family-resemblance" concept to me, to borrow Wittgenstein's famous phrase. It is easy to give definitions of, say, ...
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Can we conclude from Wittgenstein that all philosophy shows just as well that all philosophy is nonsense?

There's been a lot of skeptical questions recently, about knowledge, god, probability, other minds, all sorts of crazy stuff (I'm still waiting for "nothing is true") Can we conclude from ...
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Can a question be bullshit?

In his essay On Bullshit Frankfurt writes: The fact about himself that the bullshitter hides, on the other hand, is that the truth-values of his statements are of no ...
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What terminology distinguishes questions that define goals from those that accomplish them?

I will soon give a technical talk in which I want to stress the importance of asking the right questions. I propose to use a philosophical analogy; comparing the questions "How do I live a good ...
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What is metaphilosophy? Who is qualified to practice it?

As I understand it, this is the philosophical study of philosophy itself. Who is qualified to practice this? Philosophers? If not, who else?
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How to see a subject within an object?

One can explore a thing (and its sense) only forcing it to suffer (i.e. to interact with a human's consciousness) and bounding it in ideal and material worlds: its will, freedom, ability to gnosis and ...
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Why do philosophical questions arise?

I've been reading questions and answers in this site for a while, and I've come to the idea that philosophical questions arise mainly in a response to a psychological need, like having a cognitive ...
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How is Hegel's dialectic a logic?

There are several features of this account that Hegel thinks raise his dialectical method above the arbitrariness of Plato’s dialectics to the level of a genuine science. First, because the ...
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What is the goal and toolset of philosophy?

I'm beginning to realize that I might have misconseptions about philosophy in general. Is it to question and contend indefinitely or is there a goal? I thought the goal was truth. While I'm at it, ...
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What does (the justification of) metaphilosophical pluralism consist in?

Logical pluralism means some sort of openness to, or even going between, multiple theories/systems of logic. Like a fluid logical eclecticism, perhaps (I am not tracking the inclusivism/pluralism ...
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Does philosophy involve long inferential chains?

An inferential chain is a series of inferences where each depends on the previous in sequence. "From A we conclude B, from B we conclude C, and from C we conclude D." That would be a chain ...
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Is the principle of charity just confirmation bias?

The principle of charity seems absolutely integral to studying philosophy in any way at all. How does an overlap of charity and confirmation bias work out, either in the class room or in philosophical ...
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Which philosophers have defended both the claim that any attitude can ground meaning and moral error theory?

Which philosophers have defended both the claim that any attitude (a pro attitude to anything) can ground meaning and moral error theory? It may even be the the received view among the population in ...

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