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What is the strongest link made in the philosophical literature between privacy and civil liberties?

What is the strongest link made in the philosophical literature between privacy and civil liberties? In particular, an analysis which eschews 'democracy', or separates out democracy from 'civil ...
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Is there no basis for differentiating a personal from a historical narrative?

Is there no basis for differentiating a personal from a historical narrative? My narrative is a mess, so I'd like to get to grips with the question, ideally as it links to literature. Who in ...
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What are Kant's critiques of Hume's and Descartes's conceptions of the self?

What are Kant's critiques of Descartes's conception of the self contained in the Metaphysical Meditations and of Hume's conception of the self expressed in the Essay concerning human understanding? ...
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Why should Dasein be authentic when one knows that he/she will be responsible for his/her actions when he chooses authenticity over inauthenticity?

Answers except "to know about being yourself" are really appreciated because this is the question itself. What should I strive to know about myself when I am happy with my life right now, ...
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Can we do anything unselfish?

Can any person do any unselfish act at all in any regards? Think about it honestly: Every single thing we do is more or less for the benefit of the self: .Eating: self survival .Helping others: self-...
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Is the fact that there are qualia something internal or external?

I'm struggling to digest the SEP article on qualia. Is anyone saying that there being qualia is something about the world which exists independent of conscious awareness (knowledge and perception)? ...
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What Are Some Recurring Questions/Themes That Are Explored or Argued for in Renaissance Philosophy?

I suppose this is not necessarily a question, rather I'm looking for inspiration for writing a research paper. I have been assigned with the task of: "Submit a research paper, using at least 3 ...
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What is the concept of knowing one's own abilities?

For example, I know that I am strong enough to pick up a feather, but that I am unable to lift up a car. I'm unsure if this is self-awareness, because it does not cover the conscious knowledge of ...
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Who are the leading thinkers, both past and present, on the subject of self-deception?

I'm interested more in the philosophical perspective, rather than the evolutionary aspect like Robert Trivers presents.
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On Kierkegard's definition of the Self: " a relation that relates itself to itself" ( question based on an SEP's quote)

In The Sickness unto death , Kierkegaard says in a sybilline way that the self is (1) a relation that relates itself to itself (2) a synthesis of finite and infinite. Should I understand that " ...
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For Mackenzie, what is the self? What role does the imagination play in forming/defining/altering the self?

I'm having trouble answering this question. The relevant reading is “IMAGINING ONESELF OTHERWISE” by Catriona Mackenzie.
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Where does the sense of self come from?

We human beings experience a sense of identity, an inner personality. I assume Machines and computers do not. Animals also seem to possess consciousness and some sort of sense of self. Where does ...
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Which branch combines solipsism and monism?

Which branch of philosophy whole-heartedly accepts (and builds upon) that only self exists (solipsism) and the universe is the part/creation of self (monism) by eliminating the possibility of ...
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