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Who said postmodernism is a Right-wing philosophy?

The vast majority of texts I've read (probably all of them) link postmodernism with the Left-wing in politics. However, postmodernism attacks modern science, which was/is the main force against ...
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Who still defends the concept of “end of history”?

Some years ago, there have been a dispute between two totally different philosophies: 1) The concept of "End of history", proposed by Francis Fukuyama, meaning that western liberal democracies are ...
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The source of “It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave”?

I love this quote from a Moody Blues album: "It riles them to believe that you perceive the web they weave. Keep on thinking free." I've been told that it was simply written by their drummer, but it ...
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Are there arguments against the Argument to Moderation? [closed]

I came across a reference to an Argument to Moderation that makes the point that the middle ground between truth and falsehood represents merely another type of falsehood. I'm looking for critiques ...
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It is possible agree with ideas(that make up an ideology) without being part of it?

For example, feminism. If they ask ten questions and say: "if you answer yes to all of them, you are feminist." So, if i agree with these ideas, then i am feminist. It is possible understand and ...
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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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Socrates as a foot soldier and his political philosophy

Socrates is well known for his participation of several wars during his life span (for almost 30 years). It is believed that he was 48 at his final participation in a war. As an armed foot soldier, ...
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“Reality is a social construct” — fair characterization or not?

This is something else I've wondered about. There seem to be these fierce online debates and movements that center around various questions of the validity of so called "social justice" issues which ...
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What would Nietzsche have said about moral relativism in leftwing politics?

The concept of superman or übermensch is someone that overcomes nihilism and learns to see above what's considered right or wrong. The latter is a leftist's trait, because right-wing mentality has ...
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What is the difference between the idea of the “social contract” in Hobbes and Locke?

I have just read about them both in an introductory book to philosophy, but I am confused between the interpretations of these two people, of the "social contract" in political philosophy.
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Morality of Interfering in Foreign Elections

What kinds of moral theories, or even just considerations, come into play for state-level action in trying to influence another nation's political election process, in terms of information/propaganda? ...
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Has anyone discussed the computerisation of democracy?

Has anyone discussed the computerisation of democracy? I read that a lot of middle class jobs are going to go missing soon, due to technological progress. Does that include government roles, such ...
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How is agency involved in parliamentary democracy?

How is agency involved in parliamentary democracy? So it seems quite trivial that my vote won't, or never will, make a difference to the result. Does that mean that my agency has no role in the ...
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Is knowledge intrinsically hierarchical, and if so does that hierarchy have implications for the possibility of anarchy?

There may be some who disagree with me, but I take it to be true that knowledge is, to some degree, intrinsically hierarchical (the question in the title here is genuine though, if you don't think it ...
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Understanding the act of banning

(I'm new to Philosophy Stack Exchange so let me know if I'm not wording things properly, if I have to improve my question, etc.) I want to understand why humans always find a way to "ban" each other ...
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What are reasonable basic obligations of citizens in democratic societies?

Theorists (Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel) have often discussed the state's obligations to its citizens, but nowadays it seems we need a definitive-but-succinctly articulated account of citizens'...
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Who first suggested that the state should hold the monopoly on violence?

I'm reading Stirner's The Ego and Its Own and I'm struck by how modern some of the ideas he's presenting are. In particular, he defines the state as the group of people with the autority to do ...
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What is the content of “equality”?

Much attention focuses on the inequalities within American society. As a single example, note the comparisons of income earned by people in the top one percent versus income earned by the remainder. ...
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When studying philosophy, is there a prioritization of primary or secondary sources/texts?

How do/did philosophers like Zizek, Cornel West, Derrida, Sartre study philosohy? Did they focus on primary sources or secondary? Both at the same time? I am currently reading a primary source and ...
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What legitimizes political theories?

What legitimizes political theories? That it "works" (there can be many definitions for this)? That some people (e.g. authorities) agree on it? That a majority agrees on it? ...? I personally think ...
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Legitimacy of modern colonialism in Asia and Africa [closed]

European colonialism in Asia and Africa last well into the modern age. Most Asian countries only became independent after WW II, and Most African nations became independent only in the 1950's and 1960'...
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Ethical evaluation of means used for wealth redistribution

I recently had a discussion with a friend. The topic was the (re)destribution of wealth in society, which is divided by money in privileged and unprivileged. My problem was that his end was noble, ...
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Does Benjamin claim that revolution is a corporeal meaninglessness?

Breton notes: 'Quietly. I want to pass where no one yet has passed, quietly! ' After you, dearest language.' Language takes precedence. Not only before meaning. Also before the self... the writings of ...
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Is there a logical way to look at “alternative facts”? [closed]

There have been a lot of laughs about the term "alternative facts" (as used by the incoming US administration), but are there logical or philosophical frameworks for the types of distorted truth-...
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Clarification on two of Marx's writings: “To make the world philosophical” and “For the ruthless criticism of everything existing”

This is a post asking for clarification/commentary/explanations/intuitions for two of Marx's writings from The Marx-Engels Reader: "To make the world philosophical" (from Marx's dissertation, 1839-41) ...
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Kant on being your own master

Kant mentions that only someone who is his own master can have right to be a citizen in On the Common Saying. I think in order to him, if you give your labor to someone, basically you cannot be your ...
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Education of civil servants

I was wondering what would happen, if we required the people who serve in top positions in a democracy (president...) to go through a dedicated school, that would be free for anyone who wants to ...
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What's the purpose of politics?

What's the purpose of politics? What do political philosophies aim for? Why do people believe in political philosophies?
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To what extent are the concerns of philosophy divorced from those of real life? [closed]

There's a thread that asks whether the slogan "guns don't kill people, people kill people" is a valid argument. I'd like to have answered it, but couldn't because I don't have enough mojo here. Yet ...
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Is it sophistry to underline that a logical conclusion might stem from an ideology?

During an exchange on the subject human rights I underlined how the distinction between negative and positive rights (political and economic rights?) seemingly comes from a world view [as inclusive ...
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Is freedom of speech meaningful if there is no freedom from consequences?

How is freedom of speech meaningful if you have to always bear consequences of it like it would be in a society without freedom of speech? In a democratic and free country you'll be punished if you ...
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What's the difference between patriotism and nationalism?

What would be an example of an act that involves patriotism but not nationalism? According to Wikipedia, the definition of patriotism is: Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an ...
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Can't determine who is the author of this paradox

In some Japanese anime one of the characters presented the following paradox: “What do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat by just means? Do you stain your hands with evil to destroy ...
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Trying to identify a stance (or a range of them) respecting humans as part of a wider system, while denying them any special intrinsic significance

For the purposes of a philosophical study I am seeking a framework that would regard humans fairly unsympathetically, both individually and en masse, but which is not in itself essentially pessimistic....
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What is the origin of Left and Right in politics [closed]

I've read many times that left and right in politics come from the French Revolution. But reading the Dao De Jing, chapter 31, it looks a very similar definition. The left is the place of the "...
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True freedom for Rousseau, Burke?

Rousseau variously invokes "natural freedom," "civil freedom," and "moral freedom." Burke invokes "irrational liberty," "regulated liberty," "constitutional liberty," and "civil liberty." I have two ...
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Can it be said that the tenets of democracy are philosophical in nature? Why/ why not?

Philosophy is defined as the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. Different philosophies examine how we should ...
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How was the rationale for Nazism built up in the academia (especially the philosophy departments)?

I am deeply suspicious about writing off the Nazis as mere haters/fascists. It seems that a very plausible rationale was set rolling, within the academia, right from the middle of the 19th century, ...
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Socially constructed vs socially constituted

What's the difference between the phrases "socially constructed" and "socially constituted"? In a number of books I have read, it seems we should be able to distinguish ways in which things like ...
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Can somebody please give me good tips about how to write a high quality philosophy essay? [duplicate]

I am quite well read, and I understand the philosophy papers I read quite well. But I am a very sloppy writer. Whatever I write comes back with commentaries degrading my papers. What should I do to ...
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On Rousseau's consent and legitimacy

Right now I'm reading Rousseau's Second Discourse and Discourse on Political Economy. Rousseau describes the founding of civil society in the Second Discourse as a step that everyone agrees to, and ...
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Did Rousseau say that equality of conditions is not possible without slavery?

I just read What is Property, written in 1840 by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. At the end of the book he attributes a paraphrased quote to Jean-Jaques Rousseau: The communistic republic of Plato ...
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difference between power and authority

I'm trying to precisely define some political and philosophical concept and i realize i can't figure out what the difference is between Authority and Power. a few researches gave me that : ...
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what is Republican conservatism (in US politics)?

Myself leaning slightly liberal, I agree with Republican policies sometimes. However, the ones being spewed out lately, which have the soothing effect of chalk on a blackboard. But what is the ...
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What are the main differences between moral and political philosophy?

What are the main differences between moral and political philosophy? Is political philosophy an application of moral philosophy to the political structure of society?
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Should I vote for what is best for me or what is best for others?

I live and vote in a constituency where the policies of Party A are better for the long-term success of my business, which determines the material conditions of my well-being and that of my family. ...
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Does the idea of a welfare state fundamentally conflict with an open immigration policy?

Progressives and liberals in the US (myself included) typically support two ideas: That immigration should be open so that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay and provided a so-called "...
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What did Marx mean by “revolutionary terror”?

there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is ...
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Are values dominant behaviours of a society, or are they personal?

My lecturer told me: "Values are the dominant behaviours and beliefs of a society or a group" and that values have nothing to do with individuals. But then on other sites I have read things such ...
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Classical liberalism and neo-liberalism

What are the differences between classical liberalism and neo-liberalism as political and economic philosophies?

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