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Best way to start philosophy?

Depends on your interests, on what you are already familiar with, and what style you like to read. I would say that unless you have a specific interest or know basics then starting with a general ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

Success in philosophy is largely down to saying things that other people agree with. Your work cannot simply speak for itself: it has to be accepted by others. There are substantial commonalities in ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

Since philosophy is about rigour, of thinking as well as of language, it is literally the opposite of a word game: as such, these LLM technologies, which are the next step of the statistical methods, ...
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Really original ideas in philosophy papers?

Welcome xaratustra. I think you over-rate the importance of originality in philosophy. There are genuinely original papers such as Russell's 1905 paper, 'On Denoting', but a good philosophy paper can ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

How can this be remedied? https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/ is a positive example in the Petri dish. At least, stackExchange gives the same opportunity to be heard to everyone as long as he/she ...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

[Since you say you are from India...] This is generally more true for poorer countries than for 1st world countries. The reason is obvious: people in these places typically called the East, or ...
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Is rhetoric philosophy?

Rhetoric is closely connected to Sophism and Sophistry Rhetoric is usually described as an art of persuading (some audience about something). It is not particularly interested with truth, only with ...
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Democracy of Education by John Dewey

The question is what does the following sentence from John Dewey's Democracy and Eduction mean: Education is the laboratory in which philosophic distinctions become concrete and are tested. In ...
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Were any pre-Socratic philosophers interested in building schools/academies?

Plato and Pythagoras There is evidence that the Platonic Academy was modelled on Pythagoras's school in Sicily : The Academy (probably modeled after Pythagoras's school in Sicily) was ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

Using ChatGPT and Copilot (and other LLMs), like search engines, is absolutely a great tool to learn about philosophy. (When I was a child, card catalogs and local libraries were indispensable to ...
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How to answer people who would claim that "philosophy is useless"?

Turning the objection against itself It's a nice twist that philosophy gave us utilitarianism, which is the basis of your question. And even if it hadn't, the question whether an activity or inquiry ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

I have used Elisa-like dumb language processors, Markov text generators and tarot cards as tools for taking what I already know/believe and throwing it back at me in new combinations, which can ...
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Best way to start philosophy?

Will Durant's "The Story of Philosophy" paves a great historical path through philosophy and does a very nice job of entertaining various concepts and then criticizing those same concepts in the later ...
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How to answer people who would claim that "philosophy is useless"?

The main problem with arguing for the relevance or utility of philosophy is that the arguments against are pretty good. In other words, a lot of modern philosophy has very little utility and next to ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

I'll throw my ten gallon hat in to the ring. Looking at where people don't go is as important as looking at where they do. Looking at why people avoid something is as important as looking at why they ...
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Is philosophy male-dominated? If so, why?

I can give a practical answer based on some real-world data (although it certainly wasn't a scientific sampling). About 15 years ago, I was in an graduate-level academic philosophy program, and I ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

Yes, in the sense that it can marshal information in seconds that might take you hours to assess using other methods. No, in the sense that its answers are necessarily based on its training material, ...
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Can ChatGPT provide any value as a sounding board for philosophical exploration?

For philosophy, as with many other fields, ChatGPT is pretty good at: Giving you information you may not otherwise have known about or may have had difficulty finding Reminding you of things you've ...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

Philosophy Majors Make More Money Than Majors in any other Humanities Field (links to article in online philosophy magazine Daily Nous). An interesting thing to note is the impact of being involved in ...
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tips for future philosophy student

Since you have already done some philosophy, you will likely have a better background than many others. You might like to follow up any topics discussed at school that appear in your first year ...
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tips for future philosophy student

Congratulations! Here's a few things I would have been more strident about in my undergraduate studies: 1 - Get a book on metaphilosophy, and make it your quest not just to finish the book, but to ...
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How should "knowledgeability" be defined? Is it merely w.r.t. to best scientific knowledge?

Well, mavavilj, definitions are easy - dictionaries are teeming with them. None of them is right or wrong, they're only more or less agreeable to whomever interprets them! However, 'knowledge' isn't ...
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John Dewey Interest and Discipline

The full paragraph containing the quote in question from Chapter 10 of Democracy and Education by John Dewey follows: This state of affairs explains many things in our historic educational ...
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How did Ivan Illich reconcile his dislike of academia with having been the vice rector of a university for years?

According to Wikipedia Ivan Illich opposed "institutionalized education" or "compulsory mass education", but he favored "self-directed education, supported by intentional social relations, in fluid ...
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How to answer people who would claim that "philosophy is useless"?

Here, for the word 'relevant', you could take the meaning "appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances; of contemporary interest". "I don't find this relevant." &...
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Best way to start philosophy?

Philosophize This! podcast is a great introduction to the subject. Plus, you can listen to it while you are driving, working out, or doing any other monotonous task. Find a friend to listen to it with ...
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On philosophy PhD programs?

It's possible to complete a Ph.D. in four years, but some things have to be true about you, and number of things external to you have to fall in place. First, about you. You'll need to know exactly ...
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Which Philosophers Wrote Directly About Education?

If you meant, which philosophers wrote exclusively about education, I suspect that is none. You mentioned John Dewey, who here at the University of Chicago's lab school, is of course known for his ...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

In france philosophy is taught (and compulsory) during the last year of high school. There is a compulsory national exam on philosophy in your last year of high school. It is then wildly taught in ...
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tips for future philosophy student

Philosophy, more than most disciplines, is shaped by the individuals who teach it, so look for a good professor. Even if their interests are not yours, you'll get more out of that than from a bad ...
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