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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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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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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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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 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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Are most philosophers analytic nowadays?

The 2009 philpapers.org survey, which surveyed 3226 philosophers (the majority of whom were either philosophy faculty or philosophy PhD holders), has relevant data. One question was about the ...
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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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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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Narrative, what is it?

Two cents. A narrative as used (mainly) in postmodern discourse has the meaning of "theory" or "explanation" about the state of affairs, whatever that may be. A grand narrative or ...
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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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Does a philosophy scholar in the modern world need to study ancient philosophy?

Look at the following three statements: Euclidean geometry is basically about straight lines. Newton saw the motion of a particle without any net force acting on it as moving in a straight line. ...
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Does a philosophy scholar in the modern world need to study ancient philosophy?

It depends on which tradition you are talking about. In the analytical tradition, like it is prevalent in the US or UK, it is sometimes not needed at all. That does by no means mean that you don't ...
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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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Narrative, what is it?

Technically it means story telling. But telling a story is more than what meets the eye. The thing is by telling a story you're not just reciting the facts, because facts alone are hard to memorize ...
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Narrative, what is it?

In philosophy, according to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy article "Narrative": Work on the theory of narrative has largely concentrated on fictional narratives; the results so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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criticisms of mathematical structuralism

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Mathematical Structuralism, written by Stewart Shapiro, is a brief but nice introduction to the subject. For Shapiro, there is a through line from ...
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Does a philosophy scholar in the modern world need to study ancient philosophy?

There is a mode of philosophy, which goes straight to modern ethical conundrums, and to thought-experiments. And it is notable ancient philosophy is rarely referenced in deciding what priority a self-...
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Does a philosophy scholar in the modern world need to study ancient philosophy?

Unlike science, which has a more linear progression, philosophy is cyclical. Very old ideas can gain new relevance, and long dead philosophers often argue with--and sometimes get the better of--...
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Have any contemporary political philosophers argued for autocracy?

I think there is some terminological confusion here: Autocracy means a rule by one person. In a narrower sense it can be seen as a rule that is underlined by certain philosophy/ideology, like in the ...
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Have any contemporary political philosophers argued for autocracy?

Alexander Dugin has been called the most dangerous philosopher in the world. You can find on his site justifications for authoritarianism where FDR, Lee Kuan Yew and Putin are depicted as equally ...
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If Socrates time travelled to the 21st century, would he still face the same fate?

Dostoevsky considers a similar situation in The Brothers Karamazov: What would happen if Jesus Christ came to visited us? You can read it here. Wikipedia describes the influence of this tale. I tend ...
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criticisms of mathematical structuralism

I haven't found a broad set(!) of answers to your question, but I did find this: In contrast, category theory represents a branch of abstract algebra, as its origin reveals. Thus it is, by its very ...
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Is there an ethical difference between taking away and withholding?

Is there an ethical difference between taking away and withholding? The difference is in ownership and action: A is taking away from B -> B owns and A is "stealing". A is withholding ...
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