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What is critical rationalism?

Critical rationalism is the view propagated by Popper. Popper does not give up the concept of truth. His first point is, that we cannot prove general theorems in science, because we always have only ...
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Is there a philosophical basis for the conflation of the cultural left and the economic/fiscal left?

I think there is a correlation basis, although I am hesitant to call it philosophical. Let me reframe the issue: there is no doubt that social/cultural and fiscal liberalism are logically independent, ...
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Critical Realism and Social Science

Here's a definition of critical realism from sociologist Christian Smith: Critical realism believes in ontological realism, epistemic perspectivalism, and judgmental rationality, all held together. ...
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Is it possible to use Wittgenstein's family resemblance approach to universals to separate high art from commercial art?

It is natural to use it, both aim at the problem of vagueness in predicates. The Sorites paradox is as ancient as the Liar, and much more pervasive, as a list of nicknames suggests: paradox of the ...
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What is critical rationalism?

Critical rationalism holds that there is objective truth and it is possible for people to learn about it. You learn about how the world works by making guesses and then criticising the guesses. You ...
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What did Judith Butler mean by "differential axis of domination" in Gender Trouble?

What follows is pure exegesis. 1. The notion of subject In the first part of the quote, she basically shifts the notion of "subject". Subject in that context is not used as in "...
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Are There Other "Cave Allegories" in Ancient Greek Philosophy or Drama?

The Elusinian Mysteries were a widespread Greek cult practice which had exceptional continuity, focused on Demeter & Persephone, thought to continue a Minoan cult (so pre-Greek), and which ...
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What are the origins of "The Other" and "The Gaze" in critical theory?

My own research bridges somewhat on these topics, and I would suggest adding the following people to your considerations: Hegel - specifically the idea of mutual recognition. Within this, I think it'...
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Does Art require an Audience?

The rejection of everything outside of the present is a theme in Nietzche's thinking. He believed in those "quarter hours" of sublime introspection when all diversions are forgone in pursuit of ...
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Did Adorno retain anything from Heidegger's Being and Time?

Asking about "anything" is rather vague especially in this case - Adorno and Heidegger share too many things: both wrested with Hegel, both had interests in aesthetics and despised postivism and that ...
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What would Adorno and Horkheimer say about modern pornography?

The question is interesting although it is difficult to answer from the position of the two mentioned philosophers and perhaps too complicated for this site and format. Modern mass/popular culture ...
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What are the accomplishments of critical theory vs. logical positivism

I'm afraid this question misconstrues the nature of Logical Positivism and its relationship to the sciences and philosophy. Logical Positivism did not yield "all the progress in the natural science ...
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What are the accomplishments of critical theory vs. logical positivism

Ted Wrigley's response is an excellent characterization of the historical and ontological differences between the two philosophical movements you invoke in your question. Both movements are ...
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What are the accomplishments of critical theory vs. logical positivism

This answer is really over simplified, but other answers have ample detail. I want to give you a bitesize version of why this question is slightly wrong headed, and that the two examples in question ...
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Is avoiding hypocrisy an impulse for philosophy?

The hypocritical relationships of the Sophists to money was a major point of criticism against it -- Plato's criticism is basically that they would teach anyone who paid, where Socrates would "...
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What philosophical views are there on the problem of boredom?

Why only Western philosophy? I see meditation as intentional engagement with boredom. If we consider how a monk say an immured one, is different to a prisoner locked in a cell, the difference is ...
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How many words for snow do the Inuits have?

I think that the above line of reasoning is very intuitive and attractive. Sticking with the theme of geography, I can only imagine how many words are in the everyday lexicon of a cartographer that ...
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Did Adorno retain anything from Heidegger's Being and Time?

There are a few key points that Adorno brings up: "Authenticity" is a spirituality that follows no doctrine. This way a way for someone, suggestive of heidegger, to prevent him from falling back into ...
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Does Art require an Audience?

I am not familiar with Nietzsche's concept of monological art, but purely on the basis of the question, I find it either obscure or patently absurd. If anything, an overreaction to Wagner's ...
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What is the philosophical value of cultural diversity?

I think I take your point, Alex— what's the justification for maintaining a cultural identity at the expense of a cosmopolitan sense of inclusion in a "global" community? Will Kymlicka's book ...
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From a critical theory point of view, can philosophy itself be absorbed into the culture industry?

I think this was a motivation for some artists to create works that couldn't be commodified, for example the arte povera movement in Italy. Horkheimer does write in the Culture Industry: The ...
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What is Benjamin saying in thesis VI in On the Concept of History?

As @MauroALLEGRANZA has indicated in the comment's Löwy's Fire Alarm is a good resource and probably the only text in English to address the whole of Benjamin's On the Concept of History thesis by ...
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What did Frankfurt School offer as alternative to rationality?

Adorno and Horkheimer proposed a problem with no alternative, in the first generation of the Frankfurt School. Then later, in the second generation, Habermas offered something new. Rationality, ...
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In what sense does philosophy, especially aesthetics, live on, for Adorno?

Marcuse sees a vital role remaining to aesthetics. It has not lost its revolutionary power, 'crippled by [philosophy's] resignation before reality'. Specifically dismissing the deterministic idea ...
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Use of the term "diabolism" in philosophy or critical/systems theory

The etymological sense of dia-bolic (throwing apart, shattering) is largely overshadowed by the Biblical sense. Luhmann did attempt to rehabilitate it, but without much success. Baraldi et al. in ...
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