Questions tagged [metaphilosophy]

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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Have philosophers neglected human obligations to other animals?

A lot of philosophers only philosophized about humans and how we live, although interested in biology they didn't give too much attention to animals and other beings. (Yes, they philosophized about ...
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The difference between poetry and philosophy, and whether a quote can describe a philosophy

What is the key difference between philosophy and poetry? Can a quote be identified as poetic with a philosophical idea hidden within it? For example Albert Einstein once said: Imagination is more ...
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How did Plato believe that our senses aren't to be trusted?

Plato, believed that we can't trust our senses to show us the true form of an object. It didn't make any sense to me, because after all, science hasn't yet proven if you see something after your ...
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What does it take for someone to be recognized as a philosopher [closed]

So, the other day i was wondering, what does it take to become a recognized philosopher? Perhaps wisdom? Perhaps the ability to think? Perhaps I need academic education? I couldn't quite find an ...
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Aren't all children philosophers? [closed]

As described by writer Jostein Gaarder in his book Sophie's World, to philosophize is to be astonished by things in nature around us, and we can always see children always surprised of things ...
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Is the confusion about philosophy's place in the academia a result of the analytic movement?

First, let's state that obviously there will be those who'll say "what confusion" (by confusion I mean for example questions like "what philosophy has to do with science"), and for them I'll start ...
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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 tell when a practical philosophy practice is “philosophical” or “mystical”?

I've been thinking lately of the fact that a lot of people, many intellectuals included, pretty much dismiss of any kind of "mysticistic" practice. I'll put the general definition from Wikipedia for "...
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Pendulum Theory / Cyclical Theory in Philosophy?

In political science, the Cyclical Theory states that societal attitudes (Liberal-Conservative spectrum) move like a pendulum moving from one extreme to the other. Are there any philosophers who ...
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Is Philosophy simply the appreciation of wise thoughts?

I was reading a post called "Why Do Philosophers Ignore Ayn Rand?" by John David Ward, and the author stated the following: "Philosophy is basically about the appreciation of wise thoughts, not the ...
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Was Socrates a critic or a cynic? [closed]

What is the difference between a 'critic' and a 'cynic' from pragmatic point of view? Can they be used interchangeably? In particular, was Socrates a critic or a cynic? What role each has in ...
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Examples of scientific progress revolutionizing philosophic thought?

The role of paradigm shifts in understanding is often discussed in the context of scientific progress. What are some prime examples of scientific progress initiating paradigm shifts in religion/...
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Is philosophy considered mainly as ethics in modern society (mainly in the public perception)?

I might be very wrong in my judgment here, so correct me if I'm wrong, that's just what I'm getting from reading and hearing the every-day talk about philosophy (news, small talks, etc). It seems as ...
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What do philosophers make of intractable metaphysical controversies?

In philosophy metaphysical debates are quite popular - all the "-ism"s are fighting one another. And many give good insights for every side of every debate. This seems like it can't be stopped, ever, ...
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When does metaphysics stop being speculation?

Metaphysics is one of the broadest branches in philosophy, with questions about the nature of the world, with sub-branches within it such as ontology, epistemology and more. I'd like to ask a ...
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What is the argument for Heidegger's claim that philosophy can only be done in Greek and German?

Here it is said that Heidegger viewed German and Greek as the only languages in which doing philosophy is possible at all. The article references several sources [I won't list them to save space] I ...
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Are there any limits to a priori research except imagination?

Philosophers through history have done many researches on "a priori" concepts and ideas, the most influential one today might be Kant, but of course many influential philosophers have taken such ...
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Can a philosophical question be ultimately rendered “non-question”?

I sometimes hear claims about philosophical questions and debates that claim to render such questions as "non-question" (a related example, while not exactly a question, will be Steven Novella calling ...
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“→” is the symbol for material implication. Is there such a thing as “immaterial implication”?

Why do we qualify "implication" with "material"? This seems to imply that there are other kinds of implication.
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Questions on non-ontology

Ontology is one of the best known and most important branches of metaphysics - the study of "things", of "beings", or of "what there is" (in oppose to what "there isn't"). I have a few questions ...
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Can we do anything we want in philosophy?

This is maybe kind of an odd question, and it's related to my metaphysics controversies question. In philosophy (to be honest mostly in metaphysics, but also in philosophy as a whole), it seems like ...
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Can a philosophy based only on “how” questions?

There's a popular distinction between the "why" and "how" questions (especially popular nowadays in popular science) - the main argument is that while "how" questions can give us not only meaningful, ...
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Can postmodernism conclude we should use philosophy/science only as tools to help us live better, rather than search for the nature of the universe?

A long title. Postmodernism is known for its post-truth ideas, that there's no objective truth that we can even wish to discover, or that it even matter. An idea came to me - if we do take a ...
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The line between science and philosophy - current status

(I know some will reject the idea of having a "line" between science and philosophy, but I don't want these answers, let's assume there is.) We often draw a line between science and philosophy that ...
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Why do we seek to “limit” our scope for the search after truth?

In philosophy and science, we quite often make systematic approaches that limits our thoughts to be as accurate as possible. Examples are endless - basically every logical system, every ...
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What is postanalytic philosophy?

I came across a reference to the postanalytic philosophy today, and I'm wondering what exactly that is. Is it related (if not it itself) to postmodern philosophy? What are the main ideas behind it? ...
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Does computer science have an impact on Philosophy?

Recently I found some books in the domain "Philosophy of Computer Science." However, the majority of these books described how the logic and analytical philosophy can develop and understand computer ...
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Who is a philosopher: as in what attributes does it take to become an academic philosopher?

Who is a philosopher: as in what attributes (not necessarily innate) does it take to be an academic philosopher? I think the question is a good and legitimate for this site variant on "who is a ...
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When is something necessary, according to Hume?

Something is necessary when it is fundamentally true in all contexts, this is what I've understood from what I've read regarding Hume's problem of induction. However, uniformities are not true in ...
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Philosophical Writing at a Graduate level

I need some book recommendations or other source recommendations on where to find a good book on the actual act of writing philosophy. I won't be able to attend graduate school for philosophy ...
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Is it thought that analytic philosophy is in decline after the linguistic turn?

I would like to know from someone who has closely followed contemporary analytic philosophy if this idea has any currency. So by "is it thought" I mean is it a general trend or mood. The reason for ...
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Implication of Rorty's concession to Ramberg that true statements “get things right”?

Richard Rorty (1932-2008) was the paradigmatic deflationist re the concept “truth.” He was an epistemic naturalist and historicist, an instrumental pragmatist, anti-realist/essentialist, and ...
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Does one ought to be ethical?

Are there any "objective" arguments for that one ought or ought not to be ethical?
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Foundations of logic and reasoning in natural languages

My intuition tells me that any theory, whether expressed using mathematics(and therefore more precise and structured) or argued for using natural languages have to involve blind faith in certain ...
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Does moral intelligence help in philosophy class?

I was looking at stoic fury's quite famous answer, on stages of moral reasoning. Basically, the psychology of moral intelligence. Made me wonder (despite disliking the post as an answer to that ...
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Is it ethical to have a “personal philosophy”?

I'm not sure what having a "personal philosophy" means, but it seems like that's the only way non academics can relate to philosophy. I suppose it means taking some philosophical idea seriously enough ...
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What analogies are there for thinking about the flow of time?

What analogies are there for thinking about the flow of time? Assuming that time has the following characteristics: Only the present exists (not the past and future) The present is a fiction The ...
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To what extent is literary deconstructionism applied to philosophical texts?

A colleague and I were discussing literary deconsructionism, to which he was very much opposed on the grounds that the author had not freely given their work to the public and so what they intended it ...
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What good is philosophy that is not clearly reasoned? [closed]

What good is philosophy that is not clearly reasoned? Questions like this have already come up, but I specifically would like to know what the more obscure philosophy can, on account of its lack of ...
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What skeptical arguments do not use induction?

What skeptical arguments do not use induction? I haven't yet found anything which says these do not exist, so doubt that they don't. But I'm still intrigued, as SEP says that [a] way to motivate ...
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Is the bar lower for literary theory?

Is the bar lower for literary theory? Is argumentation a lot less demanding, i.e. it needn't be as convincing? I mean literary criticism as it is informed by its underlying principles (formalism, ...
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What exactly is “Anti-Formalism” in philosophy?

According to the article written by Sven Ove Hansson, which was published in The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic: Some philosophers consider texts that make use of logical or mathematical notation as ...
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How much mathematics and formal logic is needed to pursue graduate studies in Philosophy?

On other online philosophy forums, this question got mixed responses. Some said that you could not get far in philosophy without a good background in mathematics. Others said that unless you venture ...
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How do philosophers / philosophy professors respond to criticisms? [closed]

I came across an article claiming that 82 percent of peer-reviewed publications in Humanities are not even cited once, let alone read by the general public. What's more interesting is that the ...
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Tomatoes, Wisdom and Intelligence?

A lighthearted topic after I came across this funny quote: Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put tomatoes in a fruit salad. This had me wondering what ...
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Does philosophy help us to find the truth? Or science? Or both

human is civilized until now, science is very important for human. everyday we fighting for our life and living in the world with science and internet. objective (life purpose of human) is widely ...
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Do (any) philosophers worry if there can be a priori truths about a changing world?

Do (any) philosophers question how there can be a priori truths about a changing world -- has anyone worried whether this is possible, or if those different modes, of timeless truth and contingent ...
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Which system of formal logic does the human mind use for the actual world?

Given that there are different formal logic systems, both classical and non classical (Non classical logic), which one do you think is the valid one? Which system does our mind use to draw inferences ...
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Does being a philosopher require being a historian?

I see a lot of comments and debates related to things other philosophers said. I see value in reading and learning what others have written and think. I am not suggesting that such an exercise does ...