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In what way(s) does popular New Atheism fail to be philosophical?

Is it that New Atheism isn't philosophy? Yes -- it is not a philosophy; wikipedia describes it as "a social and political movement" first associated with Sam Harris, an American writer who holds a B....
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What are some good introductions to philosophy?

Sorry for turning up so late to the party. The front door was locked so I had to climb through a window. Anyway, I've recently come across the following book: Tetralogue: I'm Right, You're Wrong ...
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What are some good introductions to philosophy?

I really liked The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell for the following reasons: It studied the thought of past philosophers by investigating a particular subject (such as existence). It is ...
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What is the definition of Derrida's term "dissemination"?

As User10383 pointed out, Dissemination in Derrida should be contrasted with polysemy (among other things). An interpretation is constrained by polysemy if it considers only the various possible ...
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What are some commonly accepted theories of aesthetics?

Work that is sometimes called "speculative realism" or "object oriented ontology" might interest you. Most (if not all) of it is directly in dialogue with Kant. Timothy Morton in particular deals with ...
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Can it be shown that video games have in some way impacted philosophy or vice versa?

What I'm asking is what is the impact of video games on philosophy. Can I read somewhere about it? I am simply posting some materials which may be useful. Playing with Good and Evil: Video games and ...
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What criticisms of Wittgenstein's philosophy of language have been offered?

Colin McGinn, in his book The Philosophy of Language, discusses at least four criticisms of Davidson's theory. Is it enough to say that knowledge of meaning is knowledge of truth conditions - ...
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Philosophical work that focuses on "pattern" and "change"?

I would think that Whitehead would be what you want. From Wikipedia... Beginning in the late 1910s and early 1920s, Whitehead gradually turned his attention from mathematics to philosophy of science, ...
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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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Ontic vs. Ontological

The science that studies a be-ing is, for Heidegger, ontic [ontique], and it is necessary to distinguish it from the science of the being of a be-ing which alone is ontological [ontologique]. Let us ...
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Are old philosophical texts worth reading for ordinary individuals?

I would say that the "ordinary individual" would find it easier to read the older philosophers in their original texts, while contemporary philosophers would be very difficult for such a person to ...
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Contemporary proponents of Cartesian dualism

W.D. Hart's Engines of the Soul (1980) gives a book-length defense for the indivisibility of mind and its substantial distinction from matter (as opposed to more modern property dualism). Unlike many ...
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Is it ethical to have a "personal philosophy"?

There is a particular philosophy of the mind that draws a (porous) dividing life through the mind, calling one part of it conscious and the other unconscious. Likewise, it may be the case that ...
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Are there contemporary philosophers of nature that don't accept 20th century science?

Shimon Malin’s “Nature Loves to Hide: Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality, a Western Perspective” offers Whitehead as a 20th century philosopher that might be what you are looking for. ...
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What is the current state of the Philosophy of Video Games?

RPG games in the Dungeons and Dragons style often include interestingly precise examples of moral disjunction, given in dialogue trees and attendant play. IMHO, the implicit ethical philosophy, here, ...
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Is there any philosophical idea that radically changed the world in the twentieth century?

Alan Turing's conceptualization of modern computing was a philosophical thought experiment when he conceived it. But every computer-based technological advance since then has been founded on that ...
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What are some commonly accepted theories of aesthetics?

Shooting from the hip here a bit, but the thing with contemporary aesthetics is that few people believe there can actually be such a thing. The centrality of personal expression seems to destroy any ...
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In what way(s) does popular New Atheism fail to be philosophical?

've seen some derision against the popular New Atheism movement, in particular against Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris (particularly interesting since he makes a big deal ...
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Is the Tractatus considered to have had any permanent influence on philosophy, given that Wittgenstein himself later repudiated it?

There is no "W's school" (and there was none ...). You can see : Paul Horwich, Wittgenstein's Metaphilosophy (2012) on W in general, and Ch.3 on the Tractatus : Few philosophical works ...
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Contemporary proponents of Cartesian dualism

Published spiritual dualists I have found include: Stephen Braude: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1442275901/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i2 Sir John Eccles: https://www.amazon.com/SELF-...
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Contemporary proponents of Cartesian dualism

I've only read bits and pieces here and there, but the 600+ pages of Edward Kelly and Emily Williams Kelly's edited book Irreducible Mind (2010) are worth going through. They're psychologists, not ...
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Contemporary proponents of Cartesian dualism

Richard Swinburne is also a proponent of a form of Cartesian dualism
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Are there any non-western thinkers regarded as Analytic philosophers?

Engagement with modern analytic philosophy outside the Anglo-American world is indeed limited and relatively recent, but far from non-existent. See, for example, the Tokyo Forum for Analytic ...
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Are old philosophical texts worth reading for ordinary individuals?

You raise a good point. I was wondering about it since I read few months ago some greek materialist philosophers, Democritus, Epicurus and Aristippus. I will take this as an example but I am sure you ...
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What important contemporary philosophers are engaged in a critique of technology, and how?

There's an entire subfield of Philosophy of Technology. For your specific question, you might be especially interested in the work of Langdon Winner and Shannon Vallor's new book Technology and the ...
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Are there contemporary philosophers of nature that don't accept 20th century science?

Of course! You know theologians exist right? They are the biggest critics of 'godless' science. A big problem though is, how you define science. Several popes have said they accept science. The ...
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What is frequentism?

Wikipedia provides a useful stake in the ground for this query insofar as it notes the probabilistic grounding of frequentism (e.g., see link 1 below). That is where I would suggest the OP begin his ...
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