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Is it necessary to freedom of thought that racist ideas must be tolerated? [closed]

Is it necessary to freedom of thought that racist ideas must be tolerated? Why isn't the paradox of tolerance (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance) also biased? In other words, why can'...
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How do we know (i.e. justify our belief) that time exists without "proving too much"?

How do we know that time exists? This is a complex question. First, we cannot make sense of a question like this without first establishing what we mean by knowledge. For convenience, let's pick the ...
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Is there an objective standard of sufficient evidence?

It's very common to hear people say that we should only believe claims that are supported by sufficient evidence. Intuitively it seems to make sense, until we realize that this recommendation begs ...
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Is objectivity necessary for anything beside communication?

By "subjective", I mean something that occurs only in a single mind and cannot be shared even in principle. A common example is pain. You cannot feel someone else's pain. You might observe ...
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Is misinformation subjective or objective?

From what I understand, and I could be wrong, the government disseminates information that people consume. The government also tells us what is and is not true. Now I am wondering, suppose ...
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Does logic give us a single definitive and universal answer for comparing the odds of unlikely events?

As an amateur who has interest in logic and mathematics I've been reading about the concept of different probability perceptions. I'd like to have your opinions over the subject below. When it comes ...
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Is it possible to quantify to what degree human experience is subjective?

On the most basic level, it is true that the world subjective in the sense that there is no absolute frame that an individual can switch over to and view the world from. However, it can also be ...
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If syntax isn’t semantics, will we abandon syntax one day to tackle the first person perspective? [closed]

Say by building experience machines once we learn how brains better work. If syntax isn’t semantics, we will never write down a depiction of the first person subjective perspective, where semantics ...
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What are the reasons for which an idea can be subjective?

What are the reasons for which an idea can be subjective? The most common reason that is brought up often is that: it is subject of personal opinion, but an idea can be subjective for other reasons ...
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How do fact and belief relate to each other?

So I understand the main differences between facts and beliefs, but is there a part where they overlap? Is it possible that there is a point where one can find similarities between both concepts? How ...
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If axioms are subjective, how could anything be objective?

Axioms are subjective (?), and, since propositions are based on axioms, isn't everything subjective? (of course, the answer should be from the perspective of someone who believes in objectivity) Or am ...
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Confusion about subjectivity

I am having some confusions about subjectivism. I am a pretty new to this subject. Here is my question: Subjectivists believe that everything is subjective, including philosophy and morals. So, how ...
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Is there an alternative to moral objectivism/subjectivism?

In a recent article about veganism/reducetarianism I argue that morality, just like "tallness" or "baldness", is both objective and subjective. It is objective in the sense that, ...
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Did logical positivists consider subjective statements verifiable?

Did logical positivists consider subjective statements such as "I like this cake" verifiable and therefore meaningful? Or did they consider that verificationism doesn't apply to claims of ...
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Does there exist truly objective thoughts?

Today I was arguing with my friend that the colour of sky is subjective. I claimed that the colour of sky is a subjective idea and a person who is colour-blind may perceive it as a different colour. ...
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How extensive is the belief in consensus truth?

Consider the following propositions, reflecting a certain individualist perspective on truth and consensus: When a person believes something, they may be wrong. When a whole society agrees on a ...
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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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What is the dichotomy called when being implicitly 'without' when one says to look 'within', and what does it mean?

I think the phrase 'Look within' is used often in the context of meditation. If someone can actually perform the act of looking within, it implicitly means that someone is currently 'without', and ...
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Is my understanding of Ethics in Existentialism correct? I'm trying to get over how Sartre and de Beauvoir tackle the problem of anarchy

Please check my reasoning! Existentialism says that man is what he wills himself to be, and needs to decide his own morality. There is no overarching maxim that can a priori guide his moral judgements,...
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Is the concept of 'evidence' inherently subjective, and how does that impact the definition of 'faith'?

Claiming that something is 'evidence' of something else requires a mind observing, interpreting and coming to that conclusion. Isn't this a subjective process? If so, does this mean that the concept ...
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Queue jumping vs (Subjectivism, relativism, utilitarianism)

You are standing in the queue to take the elevator. X who arrived later than you ignore the queue and pushes ahead to enter the elevator. You try to stop him and convince him that breaking the queue ...
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Is the foundation of morality subjectively survival and happiness, and why or why not?

Many rational minds have come to attribute the foundation of morality to humankind's survival and happiness. I have been discussing with friends about why that 'humankind survival and happiness' must ...
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Is there something between objective truth and opinions?

Is there something between objective truth and opinions? Sometimes, there's no objective truth to a question, but is there a way to assess how valid an opinion is and is there a class of opinions that'...
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Is Polanyi's conception of personal knowledge accepted?

In Michael Polanyi's Personal Knowledge, the "personal" is defined with: This distinction [of personal and subjective] establishes the conception of the personal, which is neither ...
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How to respond to a novice anti-realist about how morality isn't arbitrarily subjective

Often, especially in armchair philosophy, someone usually mentions, "But morality is subjective" (as though it's arbitrarily subjective). I mean arbitrary in the sense of moral nihilism. However, it'...
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What determines who I am? [closed]

Let's assume we have multiple people with subjective first person perspective experiences. What determines which first person experience I am going to experience? This is not a trivial question, I am ...
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Lacan: a void at the heart of the subject

Can anybody explain what this Lacan's dictum exactly is? extract from book Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh: ... Lacan’s dictum that there is a void at the heart of the subject that we fill ...
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Is there a term for this interpretation of reality?

I am currently digging information in regards to subjective and objective realities and I was wondering if there is a name or a term for the following interpretation of reality. It goes like this: ...
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The role of qualia in explaining Skinner box experiments

I wonder if this point of view has been considered before and which role it does play in the discussion of consciousness: Consider a typical Skinner box experiment: A rat is exposed to some pleasant ...
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How can language be objective, when it depends on subjectivities?

Language is a set of circular references. Not only french or english, but all languages. And not only spoken languages, but all languages, including programming languages and... mathematics (math is ...
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What determines a person's gender identity?

I've noticed that when many transgender allies and even some transgender people themselves have their claims investigated that they, in my estimation, can never really answer them too adequately: one ...
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How can there be multiple "points of view" in the world?

Let's assume the world is defined as everything there is. Then subjective experiences are included in the world, and they are "things". Then each subjective experience has a point of view through ...
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Separation of mind and consciousness/soul

I heard phrases like My brain is telling me ..., but i know ... For example: My brain is telling me to stay with him/her, but I know that it's not the right thing to do. It sounds like ...
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Is there truly an objective difference between what is and what could be?

"What is" versus "What could be". What role does language as a way of knowing play in determining “what” something is? Is the desire to change the way we view the world in Art connected to or ...
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Ref request: Reality objective or subjective

This is a request for a reference on (within) philosophy.stackexchange.com. It follows from discussions around this question. I am asking after having tried my luck at websearch. What I am searching ...
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Why is there so little discussion / research on the philosophy of precision?

I was thinking the other day about the difference between rational and irrational numbers, and wondering whether the distinction between them is created by leaving out discussion of precision. So for ...
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Is there an argument against physicalism on the grounds that the view would make what we call a subjective experience astronomically unlikely?

If we assume that physcialism is true and all that there is, then we can safely assume that what we think of as subjective experience and consciousness, is driven by the atoms in our brain and the ...
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"Truth as subjectivity", "Truth is subjectivity", or "Subjectivity of truth"?

There might be a confusion in those phrases. As a reader of kierkegaard, specifically on reading his Postscript and in reading other books related to him, I have encountered those terms separately in ...
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Where do thoughts come from?

When the next thought comes, try to catch its source. Is there an entity "you" there? Or does the thought come from silence/nothingness? Is this "you" is just a thought that comes from this silence/...
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Objectivity and subjectivity

What are all the different ways that we can define these two ideas. Do there actually exist things that we can say with certainty are Objective and things which exist that are absolutely subjective or ...
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What are "correct" relationships between subjective preferences and collective needs?

What are "correct" relationships between subjective preferences and collective needs? Or is it still subjective? That is, is there any point in arguing that "collectively we ought ..." e.g.: give ...
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How did subjectivity change with capitalism?

How did human subjectivity change with capitalism? I'm interested in Marxist answers, but I will accept answers from other perspectives. So, less about how our understanding of 'subjectivity' changed ...
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Are human moralities morally objective or subjective or morally skeptic (always ask critical questions)?

Moral objectivism means that something that is not moral ought to change to something morally absolute or constant. Moral subjectivism means that moral ideas are relative. They can change over time. ...
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Is coherence subjective

When an argument is dismissed by an individual for being incoherent, is there an objective standard to which coherence can be held? I'm trying to determine the difference between the statement "that ...
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Is there a distinction between Subjective and Objective Ethics, or not?

So, from what I understand, subjective ethics refers to when one's personal taste, emotional state, and contextual situation can cause one person to reach a different moral conclusion in a situation ...
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Is it possible to be ethical subjectivist and realist at the same time?

I assert that people say something is right/wrong only basing on their desires. They do not want X to be done, either under particular circumstances or any. Desires, indeed, are real. Therefore, moral ...
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Morality is subjective?

I tend to believe that morality isn't all subjective. Society objectifies morality and keep a distinction between good and bad. So even if a person felt (subjective) what he was doing was right, ...
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Conundrum of the self?

I've been thinking about this topic in relation to artificial consciousness. Specifically self-awareness. (I can define terms precisely if requested, but usually prefer to be as general as possible:)...
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Is the statement "I'm drunk" subjective or objective?

Drunkenness has both subjective and objective aspects. The subjective aspect is the altered state of consciousness. On the other hand, the presence of certain amount of alcohol in blood plasma, or ...
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What is the relationship between subjectivity and vagueness?

Suppose statement S is talking about concept C. There are 4 different possibilities: S is subjective and C is vague. S is objective and C is definite. S is subjective and C is definitie. S is ...
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