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What is the difference between sublimity and fearsome things? [closed]

What is the difference between sublimity and fearsome things? Is a despot sublime in their immoral actions? I would suggest critical thinking. See e.g. Burke and a "delightful horror"
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Should Native Americans have peacefully given up their lands to White settlers during the 18th and 19th centuries? [closed]

I have sometimes thought that a lot of trouble could have been avoided if Native Americans had chosen to peacefully give up their lands to White settlers back during the 18th and 19th centuries, ...
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What uses can and should philosophy be put to? [closed]

Philosophy seems to underpin many of our activities, such as politics. So is philosophy active or reactive? Is philosophy a force for good?
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Why do so many people seem incapable of following the rules? [closed]

Why can't people keep their politics out of forums that don't involve politics? Politics is like an infection that spreads to every place where people have conversations, even when the place is ...
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What does Rawls mean by a "day of reckoning"?

The quote (I don't remember where exactly in AToJ it is): But we must try to postpone the day of reckoning as long as possible, and try to arrange society so that it never comes. I think it was past ...
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Is there something "morally weird" about social media sites with downvote functions?

I was thinking of the democracy-theoretic reason for the function here or on Reddit (the main examples I can think of at the moment), but then I remembered: When we vote for political officers, we ...
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Could personal law really be defended through the fact that it is personal?

Let's suppose there is a preventative personal law, say that of consuming some drug , or practicing sexualities, then, a possible arguement set by those who are against it would be, the preventative ...
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To what extent can the ability to commit crime in society be taken as an indicator of freedom?

Suppose we lived in a totalitarian regime with very little control of what we could own, what we could do and when we could do what we want. In such a case, it'd be that the crime rate would become ...
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Why is an open society so totalitarian? [closed]

We live in an open society (in the West). The term is extensively used by George Soros. In the 20th century, the concept was popularized by Karl Popper, and originally coined by Henri Bergson. I ...
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Does a counterargument exist to the claim "Too much diversity is a problem/cannot be controlled"?

Since I live in America i'll make an example using that. People nowadays (2023 as I write this) say that our government will get increasingly more diverse, which will lead to more issues and points-of-...
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What are the ethical and moral limits of surveillance vs privacy in contemporary (high tech) capitalist states?

What are the ethical and moral limits of surveillance vs privacy in contemporary (high tech) capitalist states? I remember google glasses and the backlash, a momentary blowback against the advertising ...
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What topics of philosophy should I study to understand the dialectics of societies?

I am new to this site, it will be really helpful if you can help me with tags. I live in an area which is a socially, morally and intellectually very backward part of the world, although materially ...
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Gödel's loophole [closed]

Gödel's loophole is an unidentified, alleged contradiction in the US Constitution, one that purportedly allows for America to transform into a tyranny on an internal "legal" basis. Since ...
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Is the term "freedom" sometimes used by those who govern a nation into a poor state of affairs for the people?

Cuba is a socialist regime with no "freedom" accordingly to many people. In Cuba there is a very low crime rate, most of the country is safe. El Salvador is a capitalist country with very ...
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In political philosophy, what is the label for those who work to preserve a negative peace been called? [closed]

According to peace studies which examines violence through a multi-disciplinary lens and relies heavily on political philosophy, there is a recognition of the status quo. The condition absent of ...
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Does a philosophy scholar in the modern world need to study ancient philosophy?

I am a philosophy enthusiast and I study philosophy on my own. I wanted to know whether a philosophy scholar in the modern world needs to study the ancient philosophical ideas, such as those by ...
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Is Baudrillard's work left-wing or right-wing?

What hints can we draw from his philosophy to situate his politics ? For example the French philosopher Deleuze is obviously an anticatapitalist as understood from his ideas in Anti-oedipus. Drawing ...
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Do belief systems drive people to commit atrocities, or do people use belief systems as an excuse to commit atrocities?

Think of a random event of mass violence in history. If the perpetrators subscribed to a different religious or political belief system, would they have not committed it, because they had different ...
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What does Gramsci mean by "leaders of the II and II-~"?

A friend of mine who has been reading Antonio Gramsci's Selection from Prison Notebooks is struggling to find out what II-~ means in the following paragraph: "If there are still people at the ...
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Does Aristotle Say That Household Slaves Could Not Be Dispensed With As Claimed by Arendt

In The Human Condition, Arendt claims that Aristotle says that sufficiently advanced technology would mean that the craftsman wouldn't require assistants but concedes that household slaves could never ...
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How does the view "without mathematics no true wisdom is possible" imply an oligarchy? (History of Western Philosophy)

In his chapter on Plato, Russell says "He was sufficiently Pythagorean to think that without mathematics no true wisdom is possible. This implies an oligarchy." and I can't follow the ...
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Isn't socialism a form of democracy?

When looking at the opposites of socialism, it was pointed out that democracy is an opposite. If socialism is a system advocating that the means of production and distribution be owned or regulated by ...
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Is socialism only one half of a dichotomy? [closed]

If it is only one half of a dichotomy, you could say the other half is capitalism. But is there a midway between the two? Or are there part socialist, part capitalist philosophies?
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Why is it always wrong to spell out the n-word?

Many news outlets never ever spell out the n-word, even when discussing the word or quoting someone. I'm wondering what's the reasoning for doing so. To clarify: I fully understand why it is wrong to ...
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If power corrupts, why are we, the general population, so trusting in our leaders?

We've all heard the phrase originally said by John Dalberg-Acton Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. Throughout history, we've seen ...
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What is the rationale of making a big deal of the distinction between positive and negative liberty?

In political philosophy, Isaiah Berlin's distinction between positive and negative liberties is very influential. Many took this distinction and went on to argue that a political system should, first ...
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Aristotle Politics

I need help in explaining or discussing about the Classification of Government has less or no application to modern times in government. (what are the recent modern political theories that have ...
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Is there any meaning to political criticism by people who are not in the government? [closed]

There are all sorts of people who criticize the government for various good or bad decisions. It could be meaningful if they have studied it to great depth and give constructive criticism, but, that's ...
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What's the use of extreme examples? [closed]

Let me make the question more specific. In the open course <Justice: what's the right thing to do?> a lot of extreme examples have been discussed. For example: the trolley car problem: to kill ...
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How do Aquinas' and Aristotle's mixed regimes differ?

Both Aristotle and Aquinas seem to subscribe to the idea of a mixed constitution as the form of government best disposed to the common good. By "mixed constitution", I mean mixing between ...
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Essentialism as Philosophical Substrate of Realpolitik? [closed]

I was reading a political science paper, in a foreign language so there is no point in sharing, which described realpolitik as having a philosophical substrate of essentialism. The statement was ...
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What fallacy is this? Ignoring rate of change

What is this fallacy? "I threw a ball onto the roof. Which way did gravity pull it? Well obviously because the ball started on the ground level and ended up on the roof then gravity must have ...
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Does Edward Said offer a solution to Orientalism and could a possible solution relate to Charles Taylors term "Politics of Recognition?

I've recently read Edward Said's book Orientalism but throughout reading, I didn't really find an explicit solution to Orientalism. Though the thing I could see take form as a solution would be his ...
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Can Plato's Republic Actually Get Off The Ground?

I know that Plato's Republic isn't supposed to be taken as a concrete, feasible guide on how to create such a society, and that it's more of a discussion of what an ideal society might be and why that ...
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Is anarcho-socialism an oxymoron?

I have regularly heard debate between anarcho-socialists and anarcho-capitalists about which one is the true oxymoron. If we take anarcho-socialism to mean no government and economic equality (+ ...
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In what way is Heidegger's philosophy right wing?

I know that Heidegger was an NSDAP member but I am only somewhat familiar with his work, and I'm asking this question so that I don't have to scan everything he's written to find out. For an example,...
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Current academics exponents of (classical) liberalism

First of all, I don't want to cause polemic with the question. I know it's a delicate issue and I don't want to touch personal susceptibilities. My question is more on ignorance since I am from ...
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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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