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Is stoicism still relevant in modern world?

For many people today, it seems so! I'm not much into Stoicism myself, but I am always surprised when I use "philosophy" as a search term in, say, book markets, to see how much Stoicism pops ...
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Which Philosophical Ideas Best Protect Us From Existential Suffering in a Society Increasingly Accepting of the Claim That There is No Free Will?

There are a few different directions to go on this. The person suffering can study philosophy further and learn to distinguish the implications of propositions more precisely (e.g. come to understand ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

The autobiography of Bertrand Russell (3 volumes) shows the different fields of interest Russell developed during his life. Russell gives a short prologue: What I Have Lived For Three passions, ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

“There is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy. All other questions ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

Evidently, this is not a common academic problem of philosophy (this forum is moreover about such academic side of philosophy), but it is a serious problem of personal philosophy. The following ...
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What is the strongest argument against Robert Gordons 'radical' simulation theory?

It's disputed both that mirror neurons can possibly have such wide functional scope (generally they've been observed for motor function and for emotions), but it's also disputed that their firing, ...
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What do philosophers mean when they say language has a psychological reality?

Devitt summarizes and defends his claims here. He makes the following distinctions: Distinguish the theory of a [linguistic] competence from the theory of its outputs/products or inputs. Distinguish ...
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Philosophy of information question on the nature of computation

Short Answer Computation in the lay sense has a few meanings: to use math, to calculate, or the use of a computer. Fact is, in the 19th century, computers were humans who did arithmetic for a living. ...
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Logical behaviorism vs Functionalism

Short Answer Both behaviorism and functionalism are related to the philosophy of mind, but they do so in slightly different ways. Functionalism is an idea about the relationship between material ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

Modern philosophy is not generally very helpful at finding values and meaning. the best of the west for that are the existentialists, who you have already discovered. But existentialists are more ...
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What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?

Disclaimer I am not a psychiatrist, and the distinction I made in the comments should be observed. Mainly: There's an unequivocal distinction among the presentation of suicidal ideation, generalized ...
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What's the purpose of truth that can be psychosocially manipulated? When are they "science-capable"?

The alternative is logical positivism and behaviorism, two thoroughly dead ends. Why do you think consistency is the be all and end all? “For a large class of cases of the employment of the word ‘...
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What is the best reason to object a pure theory-theory of mind reading (one that relies exclusively on a folk psychological theory)?

The theory-theory (or theory of mind) is generally considered a successful (even indispensable) theory throughout history, such as contemporary functionalist Jerry Fodor. The pure TT hinges on the ...
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Help with intentional instantiation in "The nature and plausibility of Cognitivism"

Short Answer You're attempting to simulate a chess player. As such, you are rightfully presuming that there are philosophical overtones to doing so. What you ask, however, is a normative question ...
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Philosophy and personal identity

I think Buddhism fits. The conventional self is deconstructed, which includes things like how we want to appear socially. Awareness itself is recognised as universal and unifying, and manifesting in ...
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What is the inverse of anthropomorphism?

Short Answer In social philosophy, the opposite of ascribing human traits to objects is to reduce humans to objects. This is objectification. Long Answer It's a psychological reality that humans, ...
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