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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

The short version is that argumentation requires premises and inferences to get to conclusions. Even if philosophers agree on a systematic approach to inference, let's call such agreement logic, the ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

It has been said man is a rational animal. All my life I have tried to find evidence that could support this. Bertrand Russell While in the above, Russell takes aim at logic and the rational, he didn'...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

I see two big reasons for this: Lack of precisely defined terms. Take for instance the innocent little term "existence". Fundamental to many philosophies, but there are quite a few ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Rationality consists in taking facts into account and arguing logically about them using a common language. The problem is not philosophy, or philosophers, it is that different people will inevitably ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Reason and rationality underpin life generally, yet disagreements are rife. Consider politics and economics, for instance: you would not last long in either field if you could not apply reason, yet ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Apparently it is not enough to base a method on reason and rationality alone. These two are big words. Each philosopher subscribes that they name basic capabilities for doing the job. The dissense ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

I suspect there might be several factors that contribute: Vagueness: Many philosophical debates are over concepts that are so abstract that the meaning of the words or topics is not precisely defined,...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

One reason is that not everyone agrees philosophy is based on reason and rationality. There's a fairly large consensus around that idea, but there are significant outliers. For instance, most people ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

I disagree. Science is the jugular vein of modern life. Science branched out of philosophy. Science is a gift of philosophy to humanity. There is not much disagreement in science. There are various ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Human language was never designed to convey the truth -- it can only describe how the truth appears from different angles. This puts the responsibility on the reader/listener to do the detective work ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

There is disagreement because all inferences rely upon axioms that one cannot actually justify. In other words, all reasoning is based upon presuppositions that can never be proven as the Agrippa ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Since philosophy deals with abstract concepts, individual differences play an important role in this matter. Hence, the concepts people consider for analysis and their weightage are different. This ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

The underlying reason is that the fundamentals are not clear: There is no consensus about how to discern what is true, let alone what is true. There is no consensus about how to argue. It is no ...
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human life is based on suspicion and assumption, rather than certainty?

More than 2.500 years ago the Greek philosopher Xenophanes expresses a similar view (Translation due to K. Popper): But as for certain truth, no man has known it,     Nor will he know it; neither of ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Philosophy is about studying the fundamental topics in life and human existence. Logic is an important part of philosophy and one of its principal tools in exploring ideas and propositions. But so are ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement? Is it due primarily to operating with different premises absent consensus on their truth, so that dissenters ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

It is because people disagree on premises, like other users have answered. however, why should they disagree on premises (like whether we saw GOD or a monkey when we open our human eyes for the first ...
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If philosophy is based on reason and rationality, then why is there so much disagreement?

Cognitive biases are factors within our subjective analysis of reality that may lead to perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgment, illogical interpretation, and irrationality. This may be the result ...
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More about vacuous truth

It's a technicality. If you have n children and they are all in the yard playing soccer, you can express that by saying that the number of children you have is the same as the number of your children ...
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