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Is the hard problem of consciousness really a problem?

Yes, it's a problem because we don't have a satisfactory explanation for how consciousness arises from the physical events in our brains. Saying that consciousness is essential for the Universe comes ...
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Is the “essence” of a category in philosophy vacuous?

The esse or ousia (?) of things allows distinctions to be made between x and not x. So if the essence of a chair is something to sit on then a nail with its business end pointed upward is not a chair. ...
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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 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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Can obligations be substances/objects?

If one takes obligations to be deontic propositions, then it is trivial to argue that such propositions seem to inhabit a metaphysical category of abstract object. The argument: Propositions are ...
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Can obligations be substances/objects?

Pritchard is wrong to consider the agent to be the obvious candidate upon which to hang the tag of an obligation. An obligation is a form of belief, and it can be held by the obliger as much as the ...
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What is the anti-thesis of Existentialism?

Philosophies generally don't have Hegelian antitheses -- they are too diverse and particualr. But the closest to the existentialist focus on a) experienced life, b) human agency, and c) an open future,...
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What is the anti-thesis of Existentialism?

There are several such antitheses, one for each major existentialist thinker. For Pascal, the system that he opposed was that of Descartes. Cartesian system was rational, systematic, and a clear self-...
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What is the anti-thesis of Existentialism?

A human being “thrown” into a world that is merely “given” is a basis of rational certainty. Subjectivity (the world as a subjective consciousness) is moot, since the subject is just as given as the ...
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