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Where and from whom can I learn about Wittgenstein's family resemblance?

After reading the relevant Wikipedia article as well as the relevant Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article, I still feel like I need a gentle introduction to Wittgenstein's Philosophical ...
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Informative diagram of Whitehead's philosophy?

I've been reading Whitehead's Process and Reality for the past few months, and I now realize that his writing is indeed very much hard to read (Concept of Nature was much easier in comparison). He ...
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Quote about serving to someone better than you

I remember reading something along the lines of "what can be better than to serve to someone who is better than you" in my philosophy class back in the days. I was pretty sure that I read ...
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Comparing Albert Camus and Karl Marx

My brother is lawyer. He likes reading philosophy and writing about law. He wants to find a source about a conflict ideas of revolution as you know Albert Camus and Karl Marx have. He wants to write ...
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Reference needed: why is the Liar Paradox regarded as not important/fringe by some?

Most people, when first encountering the Liar Paradox, react in one of two ways. One reaction is not to take the Paradox seriously and say they will not reason any more about it. - Dowden, IEP article ...
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Where can I find good place to obtain philosophy articles, journals, and books for free?

Where can I find a good place to obtain philosophy articles, journals, and books for free?
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Where is the source of the Seneca quote “to be good, it is not enough to be better than the worst”?

Where Seneca says something like: To be good, it is not enough to be better than the worst. I am looking for the correct preferably online reference.
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Justification logic and set theory

I was reading the SEP article on justification logic and the question arose for me, whether the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic justifications of set-theoretic axioms (a difference that has ...
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Analysis of Liar-like sentences in fuzzy logic

Let t0 = FALSE and t1 = TRUE. In fuzzy logic, 0 or 1 can be switched out for any real number in the interval [0,1]. This lets us construct all manner of liar/honest-like sentences, ranging from, "...
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Which specific branch of philosophy defines the 'realness' of something?

One or two years ago I read an article about what was termed a newer branch of philosophy that examined not only what was real, but what took precedence in importance in certain areas depending on ...
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How is ~CH derived in paraconsistent set theory?

This question on MathOverflow has been left unanswered. The respondents pointed mainly towards "Transfinite Numbers in Paraconsistent Set Theory", an article to which I don't have access. ...
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What does 'language' mean in Political Philosophy?

This practical and critical objective is achieved in two steps. The first is a critical survey of the languages and practices in which the struggles arise, and various theoretical solutions are ...
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A comprehensive reading of Foucault's theory of power

I have repeatedly encountered mentions and uses of Foucault's ideas when discussing socio-political issues, but have not had a proper introduction to his ideas. Recently, certain concepts from his ...
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How would infinitism intersect ethical beliefs?

Assuming that some moral knowledge is to be action-guiding, how could one appeal to an infinite chain of reasons to justify moral beliefs? (This is at least another "proof-of-concept" issue ...
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Philosophers who challenged the premise of the question of “the meaning of life” [duplicate]

One thing that gets talked about often when people talk about philosophy (perhaps a stereotype of what philosophers do) is the question of the meaning of life, "what is the meaning of life?" ...
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Are there any publications that attempt to give a formal ontological definition of the Christian Trinity?

Are there any publications in the field of Philosophy of Religion that have attempted to provide a formal ontological definition of the Christian God as portrayed by the doctrine of the Trinity? Take ...
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Could there be any situation justifies crime?

I think right and wrong depends on context especially because we live in a non-ideal society. It is a moral dilemma to decide how to act if we know we can't have what we need by rightful-legal way. ...
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Books on having children

I'm at a crossroads in life where I can choose to live a life of a father or remain child-free. I don't feel like becoming a father and want to remain child-free for the rest of my life. Are there any ...
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Advanced logic books recommendations

I've studied from introduction to logic by Harry Jensler, so I'm looking for a more advanced and profound logic books any recommendations will be much appreciated, thank you in advance.
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Looking for a book which tries to speak about the ultimate foundation

I'm interested in philosophically digging as deep as possible. I'm looking for a book whose subject is to speak about the ultimate foundation. I apologise for this scarce description, the topic I'm ...
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Why does poverty still exist in the world that discovered advanced technologies? [closed]

For example some individuals may say 'a poor life of an individual is because that he doesn't work enough'. The world advanced as much as inventing many advanced technologies such as gun, calculator, ...
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Which field in the natural sciences always requires accurate and precise scientific instruments? [closed]

I am a high school student that believes as many others that natural sciences is an area of knowledge that is about reliable information. However, I see that scientific instruments play an significant ...
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Quote about meaning of meaning

Trying to track down a quote about the emptiness of the notion of "meaning of life", or the "justness of an entire framework of justice". I think it was by Friedrich Hayek, and I ...
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Are There Any Hegelian Approaches to Modern Physics?

In his section on Force and the "inverted world" in "Phenomenology of Spirit," Hegel provides a dialectical account of Newtonian physics and gravity that I find very interesting, ...
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Locke's psychology : reference request

While histories of philosophy traditionally devote a paragraph to the psychology of each author , it seems to me it is not the case for Locke. There might be reasons for this: (1) Locke is somewhat ...
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Is the appeal to futility a logical error, fallacious?

I've heard though unreliable sources that it's the nirvana fallacy, list of logical fallacies: solutions to problems are rejected because they are not perfect. Although, this doesn't quite fit. I've ...
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What is the difference between how the DSA understands Democratic Socialism and how George Orwell understood it?

Note This question is a copy from a similar one on Politics.SE, and was brought here per the suggestion of Kevin as a reference-request question. Background Democratic Socialism is a form of Socialism ...
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References on the analysis of “but”

I want to read philosophy papers that analyze the logical connective "but", and contrasts it with "and". I once read a paper that talked about this topic, but I can't find it ...
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Why isn't there just one quale? (qualia)

As far as I know, the hard problem of consciousness is focused on how the physical and mental states relate. However I haven't been able to find any attempts to answer the question of why the "...
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What is the exact form of law of non-contradiction that dialetheism rejects?

Dialetheism asserts that there are sentences that are both true and false, e.g. the Liar. This seems to, quite obviously, go against the law of non-contradiction (LNC), and indeed Priest seems to ...
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Are there any books where Aristotlean quotations are collected?

Are there any books where Aristotle's quotations are available?
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What should a person interested in the philosophy of mathematics know?

What philosophy should a person interested in the philosophy of mathematics know, at a minimum? Having delved into the subject, it looks like there are things you need to know.
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A thought experiment for free-will, individuality and one-way functions?

Here is a thought experiment I have been thinking about concerning Free Will, Individuality and One-Way functions: Assumptions: Each conscious being in a world has material body which distincts it ...
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Book recommendation on the history of philosophical psychology : structure of mind and mental faculties

I'm looking for a systematic survey of the history of philosophical psychology, either an expository text, or a selection of readings arranged chronologically. My orignal motivation regards the ...
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How reliable are scientific instruments such as spectrometry in the determination of the oldest material “Startdust”? [closed]

After reading one of the latest findings by scientists, Stardust was considered the oldest material on earth. However having not much of an experience with chemistry, I was intrigued upon how ...
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Who first said that he who cannot govern himself cannot govern others?

What philosopher said that he who cannot govern himself cannot govern others? I heard that Foucault said something similar, but surely Aristotle or even King Solomon may have said something similar.
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Is there a philosophical assessment of the terms “virtual” and “imaginary”?

In casual terms, at least from explanations I can find, imaginary is something which "does not exist" in reality: "an imaginary world" virtual is something which "exists ...
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An argument that everything is possible

I have an argument that claims everything is possible. For, if something is impossible, it is not a thing at all. "Going faster than the speed of light" is merely a statement, not a thing at ...
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What Western philosophers are read today as guiding luminaries as to how to live

In the past, I saw two remarks on Philosophy SE that were quite telling to me: all philosophy is a commentary on Plato modern philosophy is specialized. These two remarks are obviously subject to ...
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I am looking for a parable that tells about a tyrant and an honest poor man

Brief paraphrase: In a certain city there lived a tyrant and a poor man, the tyrant did not know about his tyranny and believed that he was doing the right thing, the poor man saw the tyrant's ...
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What is a Good, Historically Grounded, Summary or Presentation of Kant's Epistemology

I am looking for an historically grounded book which can introduce me to understanding Kant's epistemology such as he gives in his Critique of Pure Reason and his Metaphysical Foundations of Natural ...
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How to make sense of “ I know that p but I could be wrong as to p”? ( Faillibilism)

There is a well known modal fallacy regarding knowledge which says that if some subject s knows that p, then p cannot be false, and therefore , p is a necessarily true proposition. Source : [ by ...
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List of books which teaches historical Aristotelian logic

Background: I want to study philosophy and I think a good way is to first learn logic, so I tried reading The Categories. But even after trying so hard, I didn't understand it. The writing is very ...
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How, when and why Plato's “Ideas” were changed to “Forms” in English translations?

Until the mid 20th c. in most of philosophy related publications it was agreed that Plato and subsequent reasearch dealt with "Ideas" - a word adapted from his original Greek. Some 50 years ...
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The philosophy of friendship

I am new to philosophy. Are there any good writings on what friendship means? I came across something on https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/friendship/. How good is this website? Is it good for ...
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Where did Aristotle say that the more self-evident something is, the more difficult it is to see?

18:45 of this claims that Aristotle said that the more self-evident something is, the more difficult it is to see (reminiscent of: "hidden in plain sight"). Where did Aristotle say this?
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Looking for an essay on what it means for a philosopher to repudiate their earlier work

I read an essay some time ago about what it means for an author to declare that their prior work seems 'false' or 'misleading.' The essayist wanted to make some point, IIRC, about how it is not the ...
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Is there a name for this philosophy?

In my life, I follow the philosophy that if you do not own something expensive or have someone important in your life (like a romantic partner), it is impossible to lose it or them. Because losing ...
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Good (intro) textbook for deontic logic

I've read 90% of Sider's Logic for Philosophy and thought it was great - very lucid. Assuming I am more or less familiar with what's introduced there, are there any great resources out there for ...
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Is there a term for the belief that nothing exists?

Monism is the belief that only one thing exists. Is there a term for the belief that nothing exists, and have any serious philosophers given any arguments for that belief?

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