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How come nihilism is so popular today?

While I'm not entirely convinced of the premises of the question, in general people seek out philosophies that address conditions of life as they experience it. In the marketplace of ideas, a ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

I can think of 2 reasons: Naturalism is the philosophy most promoted in public schools. With some exceptions, people tend to stick with what they're taught in school. Believing in a supernatural ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Jacob Ross, Rejecting Ethical Deflationism,' Ethics 116, 2006: 742–68 defines nihilism as : ▻ NIHILISM - DEFINITION '...the view that the notions of good and bad and of right and wrong are ...
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What's the name of a fallacy when a debater selectively picks facts and ignores others?

It is the cherry picking fallacy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_picking Edit: Thanks to gidds for pointing out the number of different names for this fallacy. Here are a few: Cherry Picking (...
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Different theistic religions contradict each other

If (from a religious perspective) god supposedly created all the religious rules, Not all religions subscribe to this. Buddhism for example doesn't really talk about who created the rules, and ...
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What did R.G. Collingwood intend to say by 'nothing capable of being learnt by heart, nothing capable of being memorized, is history'?

See R.G.Collingwood : Philosophy of history : Collingwood thought that history cannot be studied in the same way as natural science because the internal thought processes of historical persons cannot ...
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Can you explain clearly the difference between race and ethnicity?

Alright, first from Race (SEP): The concept of race has historically signified the division of humanity into a small number of groups based upon five criteria: (1) Races reflect some type of ...
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Is this quote from Aristotle's Poetics?

Aristotle, Poetics, 1451b : The real difference is this, that one tells what happened and the other what might happen. For this reason poetry is something more scientific and serious than history, ...
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What did R.G. Collingwood intend to say by 'nothing capable of being learnt by heart, nothing capable of being memorized, is history'?

One of Collingwood's major views about history is that while the past no longer exists, it is possible by empathic projection from historical evidence or traces to understand why historical actors ...
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Is there a connection between modern colonialism and secularism?

Speaking from a pure political philosophy perspective, this question centers on the difference between the concept 'nation' and the concept 'state.' Technically, a nation is a (loosely) self-governing ...
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Non sequitur claims when deducing meaning from historical artifacts or texts (problem of presentism)

Your question amounts to what makes modern history a reliable, arguably scientific field, particularly in regards to historical linguistics. For starters, a healthy dose of naturalized epistemological ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

This answer is just speculation Why it is popular: People enjoy it. They can act how ever they please because immorality is impossible. It also makes them feel intellectually superior with no more ...
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Can an extraordinary hypothesis ever be the best explanation for a set of historical facts?

Sure, and have been so. 'Extra-ordinary' is contingent upon historical accident and context. Let's take germ theory of disease. When miasma theory was dominant, the notion of tiny living beings ...
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Historiography of the Holocaust and its ethical dimension

Well, I guess we can divide all of it into 4 parts. At least roughly. Initial Documentation Phase (1945-1960s) The immediate postwar years - gathering firsthand testimonies from survivors and ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

The way paradigms shift quickly in modern times is likely even more a cause than an enabling factor. Whoever has seen multiple contradicting views on one matter being accepted, then debunked, as ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

I find that most modern quirks can be attributed to globalism yes, but specifically the internet. The internet provides exposure to elements you usually would not see. If you are of the same mind as ...
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Did Hegel provide any example of history repeating itself?

Are you referring only to the well-know Marx's quote into The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1851-52) regarding Hegel, or are you considering Hegel's philosophy of history in general ? ...
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Does Edward Said offer a solution to Orientalism and could a possible solution relate to Charles Taylors term "Politics of Recognition?

The last chapter of Orientalism only touches briefly on possible solutions. The book is more concerned with an exposition of Orientalism than with suggesting an alternative. Edward Said writes (p. 325)...
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What is the post-modernist response to Francis Fukuyama's theory that technological developments give history a specific direction?

I assume you refer to his early work The Order of Things, where the arbitrary changes between different episteme are revealed via "The Archaeology of Knowledge". Based on that book, we can ...
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Historiography of the Holocaust and its ethical dimension

The exploration of Holocaust historiography and the documentation of World War II, particularly the Holocaust, is a multifaceted and complex journey through scholarship: Early Efforts in Documentation:...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Objectivism deserves denying, due to the apparent limits of the human senses. I wouldn't say this directly leads to nihilism, although I can see why a lot of people take it that way, which is ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Because people can afford it. Back in a time when most of our efforts were invested in surviving, people couldn't afford being nihilists. There were much fewer safety nets given to the people by the ...
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What did Kuhn specifically say about "history for philosophical purposes"?

I believe Kuhn 2000, p.276 refers to the quote by Kuhn himself: "But my objectives in this, throughout, were to make philosophy out of it. I mean, I was perfectly willing to do the history, I ...
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What's a name for the fallacy of concluding something must be based on truth because it is successful?

The fallacy you're hinting can be characterized broadly as the false cause fallacy. Britannica defines the fallacy as follows: The fallacy of false cause (non causa pro causa) mislocates the cause ...
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Can you explain clearly the difference between race and ethnicity?

Historically, the concept of "race" is fluid. These days we may look at "race" as including "white", "black", "south asian", "southeast asian&...
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Sociological-philosophical theories of society’s tendencies to react against itself, inescapably biased in some way

It would be helpful if your question was more clear, but based on my understanding of it I think you'd want a thorough understanding of biology, evolutionary theory and it's implications on society, ...
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Can an extraordinary hypothesis ever be the best explanation for a set of historical facts?

Trivially so, yes Question is: can an extraordinary hypothesis ever be the best explanation for a set of historical facts? Well, yes, because before any explanation for any kind of phenomenon exists, ...
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Is reason under challenge?

We should rather say that relatively particular theories of reason were preeminent in various parts of the world over the preceding millennia, but even this statement would miss out on many details. ...
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Is reason under challenge?

Let's be clear that the only sense in which 'reason was preeminent' over the last few centuries is that a particular brand of rational empiricism made tremendous inroads into society and politics. ...
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