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Will reading Dostoevsky debilitate the mind? [closed]

I was first introduced to the works of Dostoevsky when I was 14. But at that time, I had not the years to understand what I read of them. Yet, they instilled in me deep admiration for him, and a ...
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Philosophical Writing at a Graduate level

I need some book recommendations or other source recommendations on where to find a good book on the actual act of writing philosophy. I won't be able to attend graduate school for philosophy ...
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Are old philosophical texts worth reading for ordinary individuals?

There is no doubt that the past philosophical texts have provided very useful ideas and have contributed significantly to society. However, because these books have been around for some time a lot of ...
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How to read Dante's Divine Comedy [closed]

Maybe this question was asked before, but given this large platform, I couldn't resist to ask Years ago I started reading the first part of the Divine Comedy (in German), Inferno. To this day I read ...
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How does the writing style of Spinoza's Ethics affect the reception of its meaning?

The works of Marshall McLuhan (and others) explore the way meaning comes to be conditioned by the nature of the medium through which it is conveyed. The key emphasis for McLuhan, however, centred upon ...
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Is it useful to say that weak essences exist?

For Latour all things from people, trees, minerals, all the way to atomic phenomena are able to be seen as actors and actants, with no actor or actant being reducible or irreducible to anything else. ...
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Does a reader have any responsibilities towards an author?

Are there any obligations a reader (of any form of text) has to fulfill towards the author? Which philosophers argue within this context? Example: Is there anyone arguing, a reader must / should (...
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Can you apply reader-response criticism to Voltaire's, “The better is the enemy of the good”?

Voltaire wrote, Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien, which is usually translated as, The better/best/perfect is the enemy of the good. I've always understood this to mean that looking for the best solution ...