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An argument that everything exists

You're apparently defining "thing" as "something that exists", which makes the statement "everything exists" a simple tautology and thus not very meaningful.
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Help me get this Hegel joke

First, "le sacre monstre" is bad French for "le monstre sacré" which while literally meaning "the holy monster" (thus the bad French putting the adjective in the wrong place) means "a public figure ...
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What's the current status of the "paradox of analysis"? And are there any strong and widely accepted resolutions?

A good paper to read on this subject is an old classic: Gilbert Ryle's Systematically Misleading Expressions. (Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 32: 139-170 (1932). Also in his Collected Papers,...
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An argument that everything exists

I recommend distinguishing between object and word (noun): on the one hand, objects exist; they are real. On the other hand, some words refer to objects while other words do not. Hence all objects ...
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How does Frege's definition of number solve the Julius Caesar problem?

Here is some historical context. In Grundlagen der Arithmetik (1884) Frege introduced his ill-fated Axiom V, now known as the axiom of unrestricted comprehension: every predicate defines a class of ...
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Examples of philosophers that are neither analytic nor continental

Frankly, the terms analytic and continental are not especially meaningful when applied to contemporary philosophers. Let me explain what I mean by that. Sure, there have been and still are clearly ...
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Is it thought that analytic philosophy is in decline after the linguistic turn?

Good overviews of the more recent history of analytic philosophy are Burge's Philosophy of Language and Mind: 1950-1990 and Philosophy of Mind: 1950-2000 (ch.20), the philosophy of science side in a ...
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what is the exact meaning of bedeutung for Frege?

This is not an easy question. The first problem is that the German ‘bedeuten’ means something like ‘mean’ or ‘signify’ or ‘indicate’, which led to the translators changing the translation from ‘...
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Did early analytic philosophers reject metaphysics?

Early analytic philosophy did reject "metaphysics." But it's important to understand why they would be motivated to do so. The answer for English-speaking ones is the Oxford Hegelians. In other words, ...
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Why is postmodernism apparently so ill-perceived in philosophy of science?

For many people, Kuhn's notion of the incommensurability of paradigms is a form of postmodernism. So then there is not a conflict, the Philosophy of Science has notable post-modern contributors, who ...
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Can philosophy overcome "the two cultures" divide?

I am not terribly optimistic that the division will be overcome in any sort of principled way. After all, the analytic and continental divide is still alive and well, and to mend that one there isn't ...
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Was Hegel a major influence in analytic philosophy?

Yes, I believe Hegel has been treated largely with hostility or neglect in the analytic camp from the time Russell accused him "simple logical errors."Russell himself was originally steeped in Hegel, ...
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What three "accessible" works of analytical philosophy would you assign?

Kripke's Naming and Necessity, definitely. If any of Quine's books counts as a magnum opus, it would probably be Word and Object. Other seminal works in analytical philosophy include Austin's How to ...
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Literature for Analytic philosophy

The first four chapters of The Oxford Handbook of The History of Analytic Philosophy are available for free from that webpage. The four chapters are: "What is Analytic Philosophy?" "The ...
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An argument that everything exists

Only if you're Humpty Dumpty "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." From Dictionary....
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Has anyone used analytic methods to attempt to dissolve the question of God's existence (as opposed to solving it)?

Analytic philosophy has taken quite a few different developments. I'll use some Quine and a little bit of Kuhn in order to show what the expression of "hasn't been proven" might mean in analytic ...
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Understanding Sellars' The Myth of the Given rigorously

Actually, chapter VIII of Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (EPM), and section 35 in particular, do not contain any arguments against the Given, certainly not the main argument. The role of ...
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What could a jew do, when he arrived with a train in Auschwitz?

'Eichmann in Jerusalem' by Hannah Arendt discusses the questions of "what could the Jews do?" and "Why did they permit themselves to be led, like sheep, onto trains; into camps?" Arendt was a Jew that ...
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How does Frege's definition of number solve the Julius Caesar problem?

In a nutshell, the issue arises from the definition of number of as a second-order concept (i.e. a numerical quantifier) in Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik (1884). Consider e.g. 0xϕ(x)=df Card[xy] (y ≠ ...
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Self-studying philosophy

I think the error here is that Analytic Philosophy can be succinctly summed up as though it was this tangible specific concept. There was a reaction against Hegel's grand, sweeping yet obscure ...
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Can one get a masters in philosophy without majoring in philosophy?

You can get an MA in philosophy in the US without doing an undergraduate in philosophy. If you do so, most programs will be looking for a strong background in analytic skills (here not with the exact ...
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Did Sellars's argument against the Myth of the Given defeat Husserl's phenomenology?

There is something to it, but things are more complicated. Sellars was not arguing against Husserl specifically, it is unlikely that he was even familiar with his phenomenology. He does draw on the ...
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Avoiding McTaggart's infinite regress

EDIT 23, September 2015 I am updating my answer because my original reply was based on the misunderstanding that the A-series and the B-series are logically equivalent; this misunderstanding being ...
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Is anyone now writing philosophy in the style of Plato - the Dialogue?

Here are a few examples of books using the dialogue form: Worlds Apart: A Dialogue of the 1960's by Owen Barfield (1963) is written in the form of a fictional dialogue. Corydon by André Gide (1911) ...
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Is anyone now writing philosophy in the style of Plato - the Dialogue?

See John Perry's A Dialogue on Personal Identity and his Dialogue on Good, Evil and the Existence of God. Furthermore some of David Lewis's smaller pieces (written together with Stephanie Lewis) are ...
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What are the arguments for preferring Continental or Analytic philosophy?

Here is the introduction to the biography of Pink Floyd taken from Wikipedia: Pink Floyd were an English rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and ...
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Are there any non-western thinkers regarded as Analytic philosophers?

I'd say no, but this is mostly just a matter of definition. Analytic philosophy is a particular modern strain of the western philosophical tradition. Its canonical writers are all Europeans and ...
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