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What are the chances one can write and publish a philosophical book without formal education?

There's several different problems that make the odds of the outcome you want very slim. First, let's split your question into pieces. Part 1 - Widely Received Philosophy Book What are the chances ...
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What are the chances one can write and publish a philosophical book without formal education?

I've actually done this (self-published), so I can give you the inside answer: No academic philosopher will respect or even ever read a philosophy book written by someone without formal credentials. ...
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So much ad hominem against French continental philosophers and no true critiques -- can someone lead me to the right direction?

I agree with Ben that calling work "obscurantism" is not ad hominem. Academic obscurantism seems to me at least a problem and possibly an important phenomenon which needs understanding. ...
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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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Why should we listen to Michel Foucault if he based his arguments on biased historical claims?

First, let me make some general remarks not limited to Michel Foucault specifically. There is a balancing act in philosophy. On the one hand, it is not mathematics or hard science with clear standards ...
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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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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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Are there secular philosophers who argue for predetermined and given meaning/value in life and essentialism?

Yes, there are such thinkers. I will mention four of them. One is Rene Guenon. He was a French philosopher from the 20th century, and he went against the grain of moderns thought as such. He thought ...
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What is 'real abstraction' and why can't it take place in the 'interior' of the subject?

The trading value of a coin is an abstraction (because it derives from a consensus and not from the material value) and it is also not subjective (in the mind of a person), since it is exchangeable ...
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How does one read Nietzsche "properly"?

As with many instances in the progression of intellectual history, in order to understand the now, it is important to understand what has come before the now. With specificity to Nietzsche, it is ...
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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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Has philosophy from the end of the 19th century largely been forgotten?

One way to interpret "influence has declined" is that philosophers on the list were "superseded" by their successors, although "influence has transformed" seems more appropriate. Russell and Moore are ...
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What are the chances one can write and publish a philosophical book without formal education?

I agree with pretty much everything Virmaior and Chris Sunami said, however I would point out one counter example: Sam Harris. Note that he would fit more into the Analytic tradition than the ...
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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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What good is philosophy that is not clearly reasoned?

Generally, philosophers are not trying to be unclear or obscure as an end unto itself. Philosophy is about original thought, and truly new thoughts are hard to communicate. The problem is that they ...
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Does Sokal & Bricmont's book offer proof of the vacuity of Post-Modernism? Can any schools of Philosophy be proven to be pure Sophistry?

"Lambasting" is not a proof. English editors obviously have been unwilling to translate French rebukes to S&B's rhetoric. The case is open and one should hear both sides, even if one of them ...
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What is the meaning of nothingness in Sartre's ⟪Being and Nothingness⟫?

In Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist masterpiece, "Being and Nothingness" (1943), nothingness (néant or le néant in French) is a central concept that plays a crucial role in understanding ...
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What is 'real abstraction' and why can't it take place in the 'interior' of the subject?

Interesting claims. Having not read Žižek, I would speculate: If I am presented with an opportunity to explore a territory, I could generate an artifact called a map. But in order to generate the map, ...
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What would be the difference between Fichte and Hegel?

A very simple and schematic explanation would be the following: Fichte is a subjective idealist, meaning nature is constructed by (minimally: dependent on) the (personal, finite) subject. Schelling ...
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What are the chances one can write and publish a philosophical book without formal education?

Manuel Delanda, author of several books on a diverse variety of topics that are classified as philosophy, gets regularly published, and until recently was not a PhD. Looking at his bibliography, it ...
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Do some continental philosophers deliberately obfuscate their writing? Why?

My personal theory is that French philosophy is the way that it is, because of the way that it is taught in French high-schools. See [https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22729780] In French high-...
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Do some continental philosophers deliberately obfuscate their writing? Why?

Whitehead gives one of the best defenses of the use of what we might call 'difficult' language in philosophy (IMO) in his Lecture titled "Understanding" in the Modes of Thought book. It is perhaps an ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

An event for Badiou: has no objective or verifiable content. Its 'happening' cannot be proved, only affirmed and proclaimed. Event, subject, and truth are thus all aspects of a single process of ...
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How can studying mathematics give a better understanding of philosophy?

I'm doubtful that mathematics help for understanding continental philosophy. Reason: Mathematics with its method of definition, formalization, and proof is much more precise than philosophical ...
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How can studying mathematics give a better understanding of philosophy?

Mathematics and philosophy have had a long and intertwined history together. Ancient Greek philosophy is resonant with Euclidean geometry. The great Continental philosophers Rene Descartes and ...
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Can one get a masters in philosophy without majoring in philosophy?

Acceptance into any Masters program is conditional upon the requirements of the particular school in question. I hate to be that person that says "Google it", but from my own quick search on the ...
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Is there any second-hand, open-source literature on Georges Bataille's essay “The Psychological Structure of Fascism”?

Denis Hollier and Rosalind Krauss, 'On Equivocation (Between Literature and Politics)', October , Winter, 1990, Vol. 55 (Winter, 1990), pp. 3-22, contains an extensive discussion of Bataille which ...
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What is the anti-thesis of Existentialism?

On a historical level, the answer to your question will depend on the existentialist you are looking at. We often credit Kierkegaard as being the first existentialist, in which case the answer to your ...
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