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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

Kaczynski himself may or may not be a conservative, but "the breakdown of traditional values" is something conservatives keep fear-mongering about, and they keep asserting that this is ...
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What makes moral realism so popular a standpoint?

Moral Realism isn't a clear term. The way the survey is set up, some constructivists could label themselves under it. (I've also heard of terminology that puts Moral Relativism under Moral Realism, so ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

While this is hard to give an objective answer to, I'll give some thoughts. As far as I can tell, Ted Kaczynski seems to believe that we like to act in our self-interest. Communities arise from mutual ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

I cannot really make out a question in the body of OP's post, so I assume all of that is just meant as context of what this question (in the title) is about. I also am not familiar with the ramblings ...
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What explains the observation that grocery store check-out lines are oscillatory?

If we make the slightly controversial (read: probably not entirely true) assumption that people arrive at cash registers independently of each other, with no statistical correlation or synchronization ...
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If everything is theory laden, how can one argue against climate change deniers?

Quinean underdetermination is such a generic form of skepticism that I'd suggest it's epistemologically better to focus on the specific arguments made by climate skeptics. For some philosophical ...
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What makes moral realism so popular a standpoint?

Moral realism I take to be broadly the view that moral judgements can be true or false, that some are true and are known to be true. There has been an upsurge of interest in and sympathy with moral ...
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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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If everything is theory laden, how can one argue against climate change deniers?

You bring up an important issue for philosophy of science. A rough picture of how science functions something like this. A theory is formed that makes hypotheses or predictions about the world. ...
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Is philosophy considered mainly as ethics in modern society (mainly in the public perception)?

Impressionistically I think the public, if it turns to philosophy, turns to ethics. Why might this be so ? I can think of three reasons. The first is that we are beset with ethical problems, moral ...
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If everything is theory laden, how can one argue against climate change deniers?

Per Quine's results from "Two Dogmas of Empiricism", the Duhem-Quine thesis, and later results such as those of Kuhn and Feyerabend, all empirical observations are theory laden. You missed Popper ...
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What are the reasons for taboos in a society?

The traditional role of a taboo is prohibition of an action, not of discussion, but the two are often mixed when the term is used loosely, see e.g. Gao's study of English "taboo" words. ...
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Can a society with an arbitrary social rule be moral?

Typically moral questions need to be referred to some moral framework, because, while there is wide overlap on moral intuitions, there is no one universally endorsed set of moral standards, and there ...
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Would we choose to become psychopaths if we could?

We could but it would not be beneficial for the species First of all, empathy and other social functions exists among other mammals (dogs, wolves, horses, all kind of apes etc ...) . Why have they ...
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Does collectivism actually exist?

Remembering the emotions Descartes never says that we are merely cognitive beings. Thinking may be our essence - may define our essential nature - but we are also creatures of emotion or 'passion' as ...
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Why are organisations more tolerant about members' alleged misconduct than the rest of society?

The social sciences generally explain this phenomenon as the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE). The FAE is a well-documented observation about the way people make causal attributions about other ...
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Is Durkheimian critique of Kantian understanding of space and time valid?

Short version I would argue that Durkheim seemed to think that the a priori character of space as a unitary frame across all rational beings was a threat to the socially determined plurality of ...
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Is this a good argument for why societies tend towards maximum employment?

The basic reason for continued employment is that humanity has a very long list of tasks it needs/wants doing that are increasingly hard to automate. As the highest priorities at the top of the list ...
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How do we know we are all not 'crazy'? Is number and context the only thing that defines our indication/sense of 'normalcy'?

The root questions here, as I perceive them, are (a) whether we live in a real, independently existing, objective, verifiable world, (b) are our beliefs based accurately in that world, and (c) how can ...
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Does culture both reflect and create society?

The two are interwined. Culture consists of the beliefs, behaviors, objects, and other characteristics common to the members of a particular group or society. And society can be defined as the ...
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Explanation behind the 'human' reaction to 'terrorism'

Terrorism is classified as war and thus understood in the context of war ethics. Traditionally, the ethics is divided into two considerations: when to go to war or who has the moral right to start a ...
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Hegel's Master Slave dialectic

This is a partial answer only focusing how self-consciousness might become a master-slave (or lord-bondsman) dialectic. Wikipedia may be able to provide a brief description of the narrative in Hegel'...
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Hegel's Master Slave dialectic

There are two points I have to make before I get into this: The story about the Master and Slave that Hegel spins out is allegory, almost a kind of creation myth. I've seen people try to apply it as ...
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How is it possible that so many people get together, get married, have kids and *then* divorce and break up?

You are right to feel baffled by this conclusion because it hinges on a baseless assertion - that people and their personalities are somehow static and unchanging. People are constantly experiencing ...
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Question about Marx´s book (German Ideology)

The relevant quotes in order: The Illusions of German Ideology The entire body of German philosophical criticism from Strauss to Stirner is confined to criticism of religious conceptions. The critics ...
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What's the importance that Marx gives to the Class Struggle for the devolopment of societies?

Marx gives a double importance to class struggle in the Manifesto: economic and political. Economic The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles. Freeman and ...
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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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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

Cultural conflict is sometimes unavoidable First of all, we must understand that certain views, when they became widespread and popular enough to form a culture, are not a private thing. Culture by ...
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