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Did the Ancient Greek Philosophers actually believe in their Gods and Myths?

'The ancient Greek philosophers' is rather a wide reference class. We don't really know enough about the historical Socrates to be sure about his views on the traditional gods. Plato In the Republic ...
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What was Cantor's philosophical reason for accepting the infinite but rejecting the infinitesimal?

Here is Cantor in his own words (from his influential 1887 letter to Weierstrass): "I begin from the supposition of a linear magnitude ζ which is so small that its product by n , ζ · n, for every ...
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When did philosophers decide philosophy was not useful, and why?

I will enlarge upon Nuclear Wang's reply by turning the question around a bit, as follows. When did natural philosophers (also known as scientists) decide that philosophy was not useful, and why? I ...
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Why did the mid-19th century and earlier thinkers fixate on one-place predicates?

Because there was a calculus for one-place predicates, Aristotle's syllogistic, roughly equivalent to monadic predicate calculus. Aristotle does discuss "relatives" in Categories, which ...
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Why doesn't philosophy of philosophy exist?

It exists. It is called meta-philosophy. It includes topics such as the definition and scope of philosophy, the methods of philosophy, and the role of philosophers.
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Why are western Philosophers not fair to Indian philosophers?

I am of Indian ancestry but 3rd generation in America. I have been exposed to both East and Western philosophy/science in my family life but exposed to Western science due to my graduate school ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

The short version is that argumentation requires premises and inferences to get to conclusions. Even if philosophers agree on a systematic approach to inference, let's call such agreement logic, the ...
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What is the philosophical ground for distinguishing logic and mathematics?

Let me give you a historical background first. Until the end of 19th century logic was almost exclusively associated with Aristotelian logic, the syllogistic. This logic did not have quantifiers, or ...
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What did Socrates teach which lead to his conviction that he spoiled youth and taught other Gods?

There is a non-philosophical component to this which I think the other answers touched on, but did not quite get to. The years leading up to Socrates' trial were hard on Athens. Athens had just lost ...
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What did Nietzsche and Marx think of each other?

Nietzsche mocked German idealists at length, but I think calling him a materialist is a bridge too far, same as for all his anti-Christianity it is not clear that he was an atheist. He inherited his ...
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What is the origin of the truth table in logic?

You can see: Irving Anellis, The Genesis of the Truth-Table Device (2004) as well as: Irving Anellis, Peirce's Truth-functional Analysis and the Origin of the Truth Table (2012). Before Bertrand ...
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Did Logical Positivism fail because it simply denied human emotion?

Logical positivism does not deny human emotion. It simply reassigns its role. Ethical, aesthetic, or religious judgments, for example, fulfill the role of expressing or eliciting emotion - and not, ...
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When did philosophers decide philosophy was not useful, and why?

Philosophy became more limited in scope during the 19th century. In the time of the ancient Greeks, philosophy encompassed all forms of knowledge, but specialized subfields of physics, medicine, ...
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When did philosophers decide philosophy was not useful, and why?

In the old joke, a college president complains to his physics professors that they are always asking for expensive equipment. All the mathematics teachers need is pencil, paper, a wastebasket, he says,...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

It has been said man is a rational animal. All my life I have tried to find evidence that could support this. Bertrand Russell While in the above, Russell takes aim at logic and the rational, he didn'...
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Who is Plato and Socrates' God?

Whether Plato's character of Socrates or Plato himself believed in a God or many Gods is not perfectly clear. Additionally, we can't ascribe any sort of belief to the historical Socrates; we just don'...
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(Why) is this negative outlook on the concept of philosophy misguided?

It's like saying what's the point of science if we just end up with more, greater mysteries. Philosophy is a toolbox, not a destination. This is emphasised by postmodernism, see: Does postmodernism in ...
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Why did Pythagoras prohibit eating beans?

The prohibition concerned specifically fava beans (vicia faba), associated with hemolytic response (rupturing of red blood cells) in some people, called favism. In a milder form, it causes excessive ...
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Why are western Philosophers not fair to Indian philosophers?

There is such a thing as cultural chauvinism: I note for example, you are not asking why philosophy of the aborigines of Austranesia not represented. I take it, you are of Indian ancestry; and this ...
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What was Cantor's philosophical reason for accepting the infinite but rejecting the infinitesimal?

The concept of infinitesimal small and infinitely large numbers has been been formalized by the mathematical domain of non-standard analysis. The field of rationals (QQ,+,*) embedds into the ring (...
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Did Plato believe in reincarnation?

Yes, and the Phaedo and the Republic (to cite just two texts) provide evidence for this. Phaedo Running through the dialogue has been the thought that soul and body are sharply distinct and ...
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What do they call philosophers in China?

The introduction to Jeniffer Liu's 2016 thesis The Problem of Philosophy in Classical Chinese Thought goes in depth into the genesis of Chinese terms associated with philosophy, and shades of meaning ...
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Is the notion of "Complex System" a philosophy of science? Is it the opposite of Reductionism? Is it related to Holism?

Short Answer Complex systems is a mathematical approach to studying certain objects of science, and is neither a science, nor a philosophy, but an approach that might be considered a combination of ...
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Is the notion of "Complex System" a philosophy of science? Is it the opposite of Reductionism? Is it related to Holism?

A system is a complex system if its characteristic properties cannot be investigated by studying its components in isolation. A typical example of a complex system is the weather: One cannot study the ...
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What does Whitehead mean by calling science anti-rational?

To answer this, its helpful to have some background on Whitehead's understanding of rationalism. In Process and Reality (42) Whitehead defines rationalism as the hope that we can create a general ...
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Did Logical Positivism fail because it simply denied human emotion?

Logical Positivism did not fail because it denied human emotion. LP failed because it tried to reduce the concept of meaning to the process of verification, and it became increasingly clear that this ...
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What is the difference between western and other philosophies?

Western philosophy (as commonly understood) is a set of philosophical systems originating in the Middle East and Europe that are heavily influenced by biblical hermeneutics (talmudic argumentation) ...
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What does Whitehead mean by calling science anti-rational?

Science and the Modern World was first published in 1925. This is 12 years after Whitehead and Russel published Principia Mathematica but 6 years before Gödel poked holes in it with his ...
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