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Are contemporary fascists using misinterpreted Hannah Arendt theories to account for their own?

I’ve seen many far-right proponents and conspiracy theorists claim that the Nazi ideology could be acquitted since the hatred towards Jews was an all-conquering trend, not an individual stance held by ...
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How do we determine the line of life that is acceptable and not acceptable to kill?

My question might be worded funny, but I don't know where to start. I'm looking for help. I understand each of the following situations should be approached individually, but I am more concerned about ...
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Who said, “a parliament with no opposition should be dissolved”?

I've found a reference in a Jewish text from the mid-19th century to a "gentile sage" (an expression usually referring to a Greek philosopher, but it could be any non-Jewish person really) who said ...
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I'm being drafted to the military but I have the option to refuse (legally), would it be immoral for me to serve? [closed]

I’m set to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces but I have the option to exempt from the military if I wish to. So I’m in a big moral dilemma on whether I should serve or not, I’m currently leaning ...
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What is it when someone from some group (ethnic, religious, disability, etc.) can automatically talk for others from it?

Is there a term for being for and against the view that (only) someone from some group (ethnic, religious, disability, etc.) can automatically talk for others from it? It's kind of a political and ...
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Is fascism intrinsically violent?

Has every group or nation that is generally considered to be fascist, descended from the nationalist ideology of Mussolini (I don't mean 'fascism' in the sense of just any right wing demagogy), ...
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Authors who think Culture is power? [closed]

The USA is leading country in military expenditure in the world. To match what the USA spends you have to add up the budget of the next 11 countries on the list combined. ref here The USA is not ...
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How many academic Philosophers in Australia are still influenced by John Anderson “Andersonians”

John Anderson was a well known Philosopher in at Sydney University whom influenced many involved in the Sydney push and the those involved in the sexual revolution of the 1960’s. Are any of his ideas ...
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Why should/can politics concern aspects of social life?

Why should/can politics concern aspects of social life? Such as those pertraining to relationships or labour rights. Why can one claim that "there exists a right social life model", which is what the ...
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What does Machiavelli say about friends of my enemies?

What does Machiavelli say about friends of my enemies? I read the Prince, and some continental stuff relating it to Marxism, such as Specters of Marx. The former mostly seemed like practical, in some ...
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Is “class culture” an artificial construct or does it have “natural” motivation?

Is "class culture" an artificial construct or does it have "natural" motivation? A lof of things, at least judging by internet, are associated or measured relative to socio-economic class. However, ...
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Are there toxic ideas?

I recently read a New York Times article that expresses concern about the flourishing of "toxic ideas". Such ideas are characterized as Antiglobalism, racial or ethnic supremacy, nationalism, ...
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Is it inappropriate for politicians to make rules governing scientific research?

Robinson Meyer, in a recent article in The Atlantic, quotes law professor Wendy Wagner as follows: People who are not scientists are telling us how scientific synthesis and analysis should be done.....
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What is John Locke's basic idea of individuality?

Are we social or solitary by Locke's reckoning? How can we use his argument to oppose Aristotle's idea of humans essentially being social or political? I have read the chapter 2 'Of the state of ...
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How does Aristotle argue for his claim that all humans are essentially social/political?

In relation to Aristotle's books Politics 1 and 2, how can you argue that all humans are social or political beings and what can you argue against that? What kind of arguments can be brought up ...
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Can someone be a left-wing libertarian and support free speech?

Is it possible for someone with strong leftist values to support freedom of speech, even if it means hate speech?
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How ought one “elaborate” natural order, if present governments are based on positive law and block it? [closed]

How ought one "elaborate" natural order, if present governments are based on positive law and block it? To me it does not mean that natural law is false, just that in current times positive law is ...
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Deterrent effect of nuclear weapons in comparison with carrying Firearms?

Would it be feasible to to compare the deterrent effect of nuclear weapons between nuclear armed countries (if such exist), with the deterrent effect of a majority of citizen carrying firearms, inside ...
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Ethical Considerations in Relation to Allowing Children with Gender Dysphoria to Begin HRT Before the Age of 18 [closed]

In recent current events, there have been several bills in the United States and in Canada that propose that the government should be able to remove children with gender dysphoria from households ...
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Are moral obligations real?

Are moral obligations real? For examples of moral obligations, I raise politics: to hold elections that allow voters to determine a change in government authority seems to be a moral obligation for ...
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What would the world look like if we lived for several hundred years? [closed]

Hypothetical situation: within two or three generations our life expectancy globally has multiplied a number of times, to average 6-800 hundred years. Discarding the transitional phase for now, what ...
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Do we need principles about every ethical decision / dilemma we have?

Do we need principles about every ethical decision / dilemma we have? I'm interested in an answer from any of the major ethical standpoint. And even ones inclusive to Marxism, either Marx's wish to ...
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What are the authoritative books advocating restrictions on Freedom of Speech?

I have read the authoritative books in favor of freedom of speech (and in favor of freedom in the larger sense), but for the sake of learning, I wanted to know what were the authoritative books and ...
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What are the relations between Neoliberalism and Postmodernism?

The following passage surprised me, not only because it has neoliberals in place of postmodernists, but also because it describes everything I see as a consequence of so-called "Postmodernism" (or ...
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Why Chomsky called postmodernist ideas “absurdities” when related to the “Third World”?

What did Chomsky meant, when referring to the "Third World" in this passage (video, transcription): It's all very inflated, you know a lot of prestige and so on – it has a terrible effect in the ...
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Postmodernism advocates are Right-wing or just can't see its effects against the Left? [closed]

Edit for the moderators (and anyone who cares) What I have here is a suspicion, actually shared by a number of important intellectuals and other less known people, thus not exactly a 'personal ...
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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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Current, eminent philosophers addressing political/democratic theory?

Are there any well received philosophers still writing today about politics and democracy in 2017 and/or what may be some ways forward for the international community?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any flaws in reasoning that collectivism can apply within a capitalist economy?

This question has more to do with ideology then philosophy but something seems off in terms of logic. The Oxford dictionary defines collectivism as: "The practice or principle of giving a group ...
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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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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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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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Is “a vote for a third party is a vote for x” a valid argument?

Quite often nowadays you see things like "a vote for a third party is a vote for Trump/Hillary" (depending on what side of the political spectrum you typically fall on). I understand the argument here....
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Can one find in the writings of Ayn Rand a definitive list of rights?

Is there to be found anywhere in the writings, lectures or interviews of Ayn Rand a precisely-formulated list of rights, with or without justifications or explanations? In other words, did she ever ...
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What is the difference between political philosophy and political theory?

I had a look on Wikipedia but I'm not clear about how the two differ. Political philosophy: "Political philosophy is considered by some to be a sub-discipline of political science; however, the name ...
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Deontological analysis of “voting your conscience”

What factors play into a deontological analysis of voting your conscience? i.e. voting for a candidate who highly aligns with your positions, but doesn't have a chance of winning, vs. a less ideal, ...
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Is race a social construct?

Recently, I watched two videos (links below) by Philosophy tube and they confused me a bit. The general idea that I took from these two videos is that any group of people can be termed a race if there ...
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Industrial Society and its Future [closed]

Ted Kaczynski, also known as the “Unabomber,” was born on May 22, 1942, in Illinois. A mathematics prodigy, Kaczynski taught at the University of California at Berkeley before retreating to a ...
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Is there a reason, to give scholar or students in universities more (or less) freedom of speech, than to regular people?

John Stuart Mill once argued, that the only reason to limit one's action is to prevent harm to others (so called harm-principle). The same principle can be applied to freedom of speech: One could ...
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Can we act immorally if we believe it is irrational?

I read this very short article from SEP on the topic of practical moral skepticism. Practical moral skepticism answers the common question, “Why be moral?” This question, like many philosophical ...
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Mussolini on Nietzsche

Does anyone have a link / explanation of Mussolini's writings on Nietzsche? Failing that, any of the early fascists.
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Is it unethical to buy cocaine? [closed]

Put aside any considerations on personal health etc, is it unethical to buy cocaine? Things to consider in no particular order: the drug cartels in the cocaine-producing countries are ruthless, ...