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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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is it possible for anarchist to hold contracts?

I have been listening to a popular podcast where one of the guest promotes anarchy. I know little about anarchy and I am curious. My question is how could two anarchists ever come to an agreement &...
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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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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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Dictatorship, communism or democracy

Could anyone highlight the main difference between these 3? Also, i remember reading about the concept of communism which is very beautiful, however i do not really understand why there has been no ...
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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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