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If Plato openly wrote his books about politics, did he not believe in the proposed Noble Lie policy?

If Plato openly spoke of the Noble Lie proposal, in what he took to be quite an imperfect society whose change he hoped and perhaps even worked towards, would he have himself really thought that the ...
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Standards of knowledge-by-testimony and reports of unusual lifeforms [closed]

The argument goes: Over 50% of all statements made by all people in general are true or at least sincere. Over 50% of observation reports are factually accurate (not reports of hallucinations). A ...
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How is the 'central fiction' of Zionism to be understood politically?

Deleuze in his essay, The Grandeur of Arafat, writes: Zionism, then the state of Israel, will demand that the Palestinians recognise its right. But the State of Israel will never speak of ...
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Pandora's Box: Is hope evil? [closed]

I know, most questions here are more sophisticated, but this question sparked in my mind some time ago: Is hope a bad thing? The reason I got to this idea is that I had a hard time with lots of ...
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How many Greek gods are there in Greek mythology? [closed]

I was wondering how many Greek gods there were. I'm working on a Greek school protect and need the answer. Thanks!
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Can myth be a part of philosophy?

There are many ancient myths regarding cosmology which have their descriptions of reality including those which are seemingly directly unobservable to us. For example, what is outside of our universe? ...
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journal for mathematics of philosophy/mythology

I have been working on research involving the use of mathematical formulas and reasoning in order to philosophical concepts, specifically concepts concerning mythology, the Jungian model of the psyche,...
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"great power of the divinity as part of the cosmos"

Hopefully you are fine! I am having difficulty in understanding the meaning of "great power as part of the cosmos" in the following encrypt from an article on Pre-Socratics: For the Greeks, the ...
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Why did Aldous Huxley not include the Zohar/Kabbalah in "The Perennial Philosophy"?

The Perennial Philosophy presents a universalist interpretation of the world's religions through a comparative study of a collection of mystical writings, from both Eastern and Western philosophies. ...
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Nietzsche's birth of tragedy

In The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche describes a Dionysian satyr as a force that impregnates an Apollonian world of images giving rise to dialogue on the Hellenic stage and henceforth the Greek ...
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Are most philosophers atheists, monotheists, polytheists or what?

Has anybody made such analysis? It would be interesting to know the position of the majority of philosophers regarding metaphysics/mythology/religion, maybe by region and/or period.
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Any philosopher considers theology as another mythology? [closed]

Polytheisms are usually considered mythology (e.g. Greek mythology, Amerindian mythologies), while monotheisms are usually considered religion, or even "truth", and studied by theology alone. To me, ...
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Had the Second World War an underlying philosophical issue? [closed]

Was WWII a fight between different serious interpretations of the world, apart from the usual superficial descriptions of military fights between countries? Does there exist some philosophical secret ...
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Are mythological stories scientific explanations?

Are mythological stories scientific explanations? {It would seem so because Zeus, for example, was as early explanation of lightening.} Or are they stories/rhetoric? Or is story-telling or rhetoric ...
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Is Aristotle a monotheist?

Is Aristotle a monotheist? It would seem so because in Book 8 of Aristotle's Physics he proves the existence of a single Primary Mover or Unmoved Mover. of his views on truth and contradiction, viz.,...
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Is there a form of euhemerism which claims myths can have historical events derived from them like a poetic?

Is there a form of euhemerism which claims myths can have historical events derived from them like a poetic? I gather that the theory states that myth is a way of ordering chaotic human history. ...
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Has anyone suggested a modern substitute for mythology?

Several authors have mentioned that mythology play a central role in human societies, satisfying various social and psychological needs and giving meaning and a spiritual dimension to people's lives. (...
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Is religion a kind of mythology, or the opposite?

Can we define religion as "the mythologies that don't assume they are mythologies"? First, mythology is the oldest way of describing Nature. Polytheisms, extant or extinct, usually know|knew their ...
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Was Neoplatonism a synthesis of Jewish & Platonic monotheism?

Was Neoplatonism a synthesis of Jewish & Platonic monotheism? Neoplatonism was a school of mystical philosophy synthesising Jewish theology and Plato's philosophy. Its major theorist & ...
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Has the early part of Platos Timaeus been used as evidence for establishing the origins of philosophy?

Although admitting that there was a long-running debate on the origins of Philosophy, Diogenes Laertius asserts that Philosophy began with the Greeks. This can mean only that the debate centred around ...
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Are there philosophical principles that made convincing in antiquity that the Earth was a sphere?

According to Wikipedia, there is no account of how the sphericity of the Earth was established. Though it goes on to say 'A plausible explanation is that it was "the experience of travellers that ...
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What function do myths serve in the Platonic dialogues?

There is a consistent pattern throughout the corpus of Plato's dialogues: first, Socrates proposes a philosophical problem, like "what is justice?" or "is there an immortal soul?". Then he goes on to ...
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