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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 judgements, for example, fulfil the role of expressing or eliciting emotion - and not, ...
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If we say ignorance is bliss, why do we seek knowledge?

Err... The phrase 'ignorance is bliss' is sarcastic. 'Ignorance is bliss' in the sense that one actually believes that the ravenous bug-blatter beast of traal will not eat us if we put a towel over ...
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Why is belief necessary for justified true belief?

Your (1) and (2) are not enough. Here is an example: suppose I have excellent reasons to believe that the earth is round (I've seen photos, listened to lectures, etc.), and that it is in fact true ...
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Are there any philosophers that argued for knowledge having intrinsic value?

Yes, there are, though the general question as to what might be an intrinsic good has been controversial. In Plato's Philebus Socrates summarizes two views he is about to discuss with his ...
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How does Husserl's "bracketing" secure a truly presuppositionless study?

Husserl is perhaps the last truly classical figure in epistemology, he still believed in objective content of knowledge, the same for "angels and centaurs" as for humans, and the possibility of "...
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How did Kant define knowledge?

Key text here may be On opinion, knowledge and belief, CPR B 848-859. There is conviction [Überzeugung]. It is the subjective part necessary for knowledge: Taking something to be true is an ...
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In what fundamental ways, if any, does Husserl break with Kant?

It should be said that Husserl was philosophically averse to Kant's "creative" transcendental subject, perhaps due to the dominance of absolute idealist interpretations of him at the time, and ...
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Was Locke right that analytic knowledge is vacuous?

Frege is the founder of a program called logicism that aimed to reduce all of mathematics to logic. In order to reduce mathematics to logic Frege had to expand what is meant by logic. Before him Locke,...
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Did Kant come to believe that we have access to things-in-themselves after all?

TL;DR: No, he did not! To be precise, things-in-themselves may be objects of thought, i.e. abstract concepts of the realm of logic, and therefore concepts of transcendental philosophy as logically ...
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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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Can knowledge exist that humans are incapable of understanding?

Yes! Not only is such knowledge possible, it is even reasonable to assume the existence of such knowledge. My argument extrapolates from the evolution of species: One cannot teach even the smartest ...
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What is the current state of the Correspondence Theory of Truth?

First, correspondence theories of truth are generally associated with realism, not idealism. The point of a correspondence theory is that there is a correspondence between mental or linguistic ...
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Was Socrates of the belief that knowledge was attainable after death?

The answer lies in the Phaedo, not much after the passage on suicide, to which you referred. The issue of suicide arises in the context of the question, put to Socrates, why he seemed to favor death, ...
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What are the critiques of the "we might as well assume it" solution to the problem of induction?

Not all inductive inferences are temporal, so the future "resembling" the past can be moot, a more general idea would be that various parts of nature are "uniform", "resemble" each other. But it is ...
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Why is belief necessary for justified true belief?

According to Eric Schwitzgebel, Contemporary analytic philosophers of mind generally use the term “belief” to refer to the attitude we have, roughly, whenever we take something to be the case or ...
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What exactly is the persuasive power behind Jackson's "Mary's Room" argument?

Mary's room is persuasive to people who don't know the difference between declarative knowledge and other kinds. If the super-scientist Mary studies but does not play tennis, and then you finally ...
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In what fundamental ways, if any, does Husserl break with Kant?

Husserl, Edmund: The crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology (1936) has some paragraphs dealing explicitly with the transcendental philosophy of Kant: See §25 about Kant's ...
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The non-existence of Gettier problems in Indo-Tibetan epistemology

Let me clarify what is not entirely clear from the OP quote but is apparent from the context of the paper: it is not that Indo-Tibetan thinkers do not consider what is known as Gettier cases, it is ...
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Seeking the Source of an Aristotle quotation

Aristotle, 'In the case of objects which involve no matter, what thinks and what is thought are identical' ('De Anima', III, 430a, 3-4). (J.A. Smith tr., Oxford.)
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Did Logical Positivism fail because it simply denied human emotion?

Everybody knows nowadays that logical positivism is dead. But nobody seems to suspect that there may be a question to be asked here—the question “Who is responsible?” or, rather, the ...
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Did Logical Positivism fail because it simply denied human emotion?

Karl Popper refuted logical positivism in "The Logic of Scientific Discovery" (LScD). One problem with the logical positivist position was that the positivists wanted to get rid of metaphysics in ...
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Why are some communication failures regarded as important opinions in philosophy?

I'll try to provide a partial answer as I do think this is an interesting question about philosophy. Reasons Philosophy is Hard to Understand First, I would say that you might be losing something in ...
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Do machine learning algorithms have knowledge (if not justified true beliefs)?

The OP proposal is similar in spirit to the one in Farkas's paper Belief May Not Be a Necessary Condition for Knowledge. His primary example is Otto, a guy with severe memory loss, who keeps all ...
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If there is a difference between a priori knowledge and innate knowledge, what is it?

All knowledge of mathematical propositions is a priori, i.e. you do not need to make experience to prove it. Such mathematical statements are "The sum of angles in a plane triangle is 180 degrees." or ...
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If there is a difference between a priori knowledge and innate knowledge, what is it?

I think Jo's answer is right on, but I just want to draw out the differences a little. innate = from birth <=> adventitious = arriving from outside a priori = without experience <=> a ...
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What is the relation between 'knowledge-that' and 'knowledge-how'?

The unit of knowledge-that is proposition, expressed linguistically in declarative sentences, the unit of knowledge-how is skill. The use of "knowledge" here refers to non-propositional uses like "...
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How can truth exist if every statement is ambiguous?

Ambiguity does not rule out truth. An ambiguous statement is one with two meanings. You may not know which meaning to apply but whichever it is the statement, given either or both meanings, may be ...
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What is the difference between Theory of Knowledge and Epistemology?

In standard philosophical parlance 'epistemology' and 'the theory of knowledge' are convertible, interchangeable. A crack of light might, however, develop between them. 'Epistemology' as practised in ...
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Wanted references to the Phillip K Dick Total Recall (1990) paradox

In this piece which talks about similar questions about the nature of reality and his own quasi-mystical experiences, he mentions a number of pre-socratic philosophers (Heraclitus, Parmenides, ...
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What does "true" mean in "justified true belief"?

This is slightly tricky as not everyone uttering that may have the same conception of truth, but generally speaking I think the definition only makes sense for some external/correspondence notion of ...
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