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An early 20th century philosopher whose approach to teaching was "if you can't explain it to [my granddaughter] then you don't understand it yourself"

This is commonly attributed to Einstein: You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother It is likely a slight misattribution — Einstein seems to have said child ...
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The Pragmatic Maxim as a Maxim of Logic?

See C.S.Peirce, How to Make our Ideas Clear (1878): Whoever has looked into a modern treatise on logic of the common sort, will doubtless remember the two distinctions between clear and obscure ...
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Was pietism an influence upon Kant's moral thoughts?

The influence of Christianity on Kant's views is greatly overamplified. The point now often made when discussing Kant's deontological ethics, i.e. that they were (supposedly) influenced by Kant's ...
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How did scholars of the past know the vacuous truth?

Now we can try to answer... Thanks to another post, we can find a clear understanding of the modern concept -if not the term- of vacuous truth into: Bertrand Russell, The Existential Import of ...
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Have professional philosophers contributed to other fields in the last 20 years?

John McFarlane is a UC Berkeley Philosopher and also created a very widely used open-source document converter called Pandoc in 2006 and among the group of people that helped launch the CommonMark ...
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Recommendations on moral philosophy

If you want to understand something, you should start in the same way IT started. So start from the beggining. The term philosophy was coined by Pythagoras; you could start some years prior though. ...
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Recommendations on moral philosophy

If you are a complete beginner, it is often good to start out on the edges of what are considered "serious" philosophical works. Note contemporary philosophy is focused on physicalism, and ...
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Recommendations on moral philosophy

To questions like this I recommend The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant. Published a century ago in 1926, the book still holds up very well for philosophers up to that time. And good luck to you. ...
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Was Socrates actually martyred?

There is a good case for saying that Socrates was killed for his beliefs. But there are complications which somewhat undermine that view. PLato's account of his defence at his trial - the Apology ...
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Was Socrates actually martyred?

Sophocles was not martyred. As of Socrates - although the world "martyred" is used inside a religious context - you could say that he was martyred, as he was killed for his beleifs; but ...
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All syllogism is addressed to that within the soul: Did Aristotle really said that?

The reference is Bocheński, A History of Formal Logic p. 46: 10.08 All syllogism and therefore a fortiori demonstration, is addressed not to outward speech but to that within the soul. At the same ...
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