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Can philosophy be useful?

Absolutely. I think especially in the realms of the personal, but also in the social and scientific as you've said. For a start, being a theist and Catholic, I will of course have to point to how ...
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Do you think evil people are conducting according to principles that are legitimate in their own system of values?

There are three points to consider here. Firstly, people do not always act in accordance with their own values, which is why we experience emotions such as guilt or regret, so it is possible that ...
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Do you think evil people are conducting according to principles that are legitimate in their own system of values?

Adolf Eichmann infamously cited Kantian ethics as justifying his banal servility towards the higher ranks of the Nazi regime; Himmler attempted to cultivate in the SS (the special murder corps of the ...
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Was Nietzsche against hedonism?

Yes, Nietzsche would be against it. The crux of Nietzsche attitude towards utilitarianism/hedonism/"English psychology" in general is the problem of suffering. Nietzsche thinks it makes sense to ...
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According to Popper, what is logical positivism's role in scientific ethics?

This is currently a major topic in academic philosophy of science. Among people who specialize in this topic — including myself — a strong majority now think that ethical values do and should play a ...
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What determines the value of money?

'Money' is a credible, transferable, legally enforceable promise to deliver something of value to the bearer at a later date. The goods/services promised are what 'backs' the currency, and the value ...
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What role do values have in science according to Popper?

Popper followed logical positivists (despite arguing with them on other issues) in separating “statements of empirical science from non-empirical statements”, the so-called demarcation. Therefore ...
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What determines the value of money?

You really have to start with the prior question, What determines the value of anything? The short answer is that it is not determined by the amount of materials or labour that go into making it. ...
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Why are equality and fairness valued so highly?

First of all, there are many forms of equality: Racial equality, gender equality, equal opportunity, economic equality, etc...you seem to be mostly concerned with economic equality. Second, based on ...
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What does Marx mean by "value form"?

The English word value form translates the German Wertform. It appears for the first time in Marx, Karl: Das Kapital, Band 1, Abschnitt 1, Kapitel 1, Paragraph 3, entitled "Die Wertform oder der ...
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How can one objectivley measure the nobility or value of a given pursuit?

First off, why does Mill make this claim? Historically, Mill makes this claim to avoid an objection to Jeremy Bentham's utilitarianism. Bentham views all pleasures as equal so if you get more pleasure ...
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How can one objectivley measure the nobility or value of a given pursuit?

First, keep in mind that the question of whether life as a professor affords a higher kind of pleasure than life as a programmer or a pornographer is one question. A different one is to ask which is ...
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What are some arguments for why lives are valuable?

I think you're right in a sense that "lives are valuable" is generally a working assumption in ethics rather than a claim which is argued for. I'm familiar with four honest arguments for it and one ...
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What determines the value of money?

Like gold, diamonds do have some intrinsic value due to usefulness. Although industrial diamonds are mainly synthetic now. Scarcity & market dynamics, like being a vehicle to store & transfer ...
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Can philosophy be useful?

The question refers to the essay Everything of value is useful: How philosophy can be socially relevant by the contemporary philosopher Hans Radder. Radders main thesis As a discipline, philosophy is ...
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Can philosophy be useful?

What is useful to one person might be useless to another. So my reading of the question is: "Can philosophy be useful to me?" Generally, when someone asks this question, it is because one ...
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What are some arguments for why lives are valuable?

This question has some similarities with another about absolute truth on this forum. The answer is similar: We value biological life because our essential goal is to exist. Biological life is ...
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What are some arguments for why lives are valuable?

First, you haven't said what you mean by "valuable". But a reasonable definition is that a thing is valuable if it is valuable to someone, and that a thing X is valuable to me if I am willing to ...
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What does Pirsig mean by "Quality"?

Pirsig and his adherents would disagree, but it seems to me that 'Quality' (I capitalize it, because it seems to me at least to be something very different from what we normally think of as quality) ...
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Can philosophy say that these precepts are wrong?

Yes, it can Your headline question is: Can philosophy say that these precepts are wrong? Philosophy has the ability to do that, yes, by pointing to ambiguities, unclear definitions, and ...
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Can philosophy say that these precepts are wrong?

I am a little concerned that you see 'philosophy' as a world view, or even a set of beliefs. Especially your question: Does philosophy show that these precepts are wrong? almost seems to be ...
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Why should life have any more value than death?

I think you answered the question in the last paragraph: "we are assigning value that isn't necessarily there", but it is there because we assigned it. Value is conditioned by preconscious investments ...
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What is the axiological basis of the preference of truth to falsity?

The short answer from a naturalized epistemology is obvious. Truth in the state of affairs of the physical world has survival value and is a strategy for biological organisms with cognition to survive ...
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What determines the value of money?

Money has value because we agree it has value. It's a standard measure, like any other standard measure: a pure language game in Wittgenstein's sense: There is one thing of which one can state ...
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Where exactly does the value of an individual human lie?

To the early Christian fathers, those who wrote the works compiled into what we now call today the Philokalia (the love of beauty), the value of human life is that of the nous, or consciousness of the ...
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The differences of Pinker and Vervaeke on the enlightenement?

How does one make the claim the enlightenment's central value was autonomy? Think about The Enlightenment in terms of the emergence of the individual as the fulcrum of moral consciousness. Previously,...
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If we can't know whether a divine being exists, would that being be unimportant even if it did exist?

One argument is that you’ll objectively know after physical death, and it will be quite important whether you figured it out prior to physical death. If the complete forgiveness offered by the ...
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Do you think evil people are conducting according to principles that are legitimate in their own system of values?

'Legitimate' is the wrong term to use here. People always do what they feel is right (in the emotive sense of the word). This could mean that they think their actions are legitimate, sure, but it ...
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