Drux
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Is there an absolute infinite, mathematically?
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John D. Barrow's The Infinite Book contains the following passages: Cantor's most dramatic discovery was that infinities are not only uncountable, they are insuperable. He discovered that a never-...

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Western Empiricism in Eastern Philosophy?
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With respect to Buddhism (and its Theravada tradition), the Kalama Sutta is often quoted in this context. From the translator's notes in the version translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Although this ...

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What Did Plotinus Mean by Contemplation?
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Following up on @James Kingsbery suggestion of The History of Philosophy without any gaps podcast as a source, this excerpt from the episode 89. Plotinus on the Soul (at 20'10") seems relevant: ...

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Why is Nietzsche so against Socrates?
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I think Nietzsche uses Socrates as a strawman for all kinds of ideas he wishes to counter. For instance, in The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music he laments the passing of an archaic time ...

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Doesn't slavery still exist?
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Apart from "slavery in a mental form" the description (and for what I remember, also the back cover) of Kevin Bales' book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy argues that "more than ...

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Are there any Western philosophies that present views similar to the No-self view of Buddhism?
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I've noticed similarities e.g. in Derek Parfit's (1942–) Reasons and Persons, in David Hume's (1711–1776) bundle theory, and in Michel de Montaigne's (1533–1592) Essays. Parfit is active at a time ...

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What makes something mathematics?
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The mathematical definition of maths is it's the set of all possible self-consistent structures. (Victoria Gould)

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On cloning minds, persons and selves
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If memory serves, in the context of Reasons and Persons "which is the real you" would be an empty question. There would be no answer to this question and e.g. the claim "we have two distinct persons" ...

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Would rebuilding a human body rebuild the person it was?
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Derek Parfit (of Reasons and Persons fame) lists the definition of the self that is implicit in your scenario as only one of many alternative views that are held also by experts in the field: The ...

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Can a philosopher philosophize without logic?
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Ludwig von Mises (in Human Action) seemed to argue that even "philosophizing" requires "rationality": Judicious rationalists do not pretend that human reason can ever make man omniscient. They ...

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Is there any philosophical school of thought arguing for the primacy of words over symbols or mathematics in explaining things?
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There must be applicable quotes from (the later) Wittgenstein. E.g. the following one seems to argue that Hegel would be interested in categories of things (and perhaps denote them by symbols like X)...

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A quote from Wittgenstein
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This conveys to me that Wittgenstein judged the subjects of philosophy (including knowledge of self) ultimately more important than the subjects of science (the mechanics of matter, etc.). Remember ...

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What is the proper name for the group comprising "must" and "must not" (see disambiguation below)
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If you allow that e.g. "Come!" has the same connotation as "You must come!" (and allow linguistic jargon as well), you could call it a directive or deontic modality: Deontic modality is a ...

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Are there any notable philosophical skeptics since Nietzsche, perhaps in the style of Nietzsche?
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Since another (Peter) Unger was mentioned before and I want to counter the impression that critical theory is the only game in town, here is a quote from Roberto Mangabeira Unger (from The Self ...

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Was Karl Popper a "dedicated opponent of all forms of scepticism"? If so, why, or how?
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I doubt that Popper would have been an opponent of skepticism, let alone of all it forms. His Open Society And its Enemies e.g. puts Heraclitus on a pedestal who said "No man ever steps in the same ...

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Why do we need a reason for believing that inductive method is necessarily true?
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The example of the turkey in Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable is relevant here: Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm ...

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How can I start learning about political philosophy?
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Lest any "For Dummies" books I recommend e.g. the EconTalk podcast. It has got its built in biases (e.g. Hoover Institution at Stanford legacy) but with interesting twists e.g. towards philosophic ...

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Introduction to understanding behaviour
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On whether you may be looking in the wrong domain: much of (micro)economics also centers around this question (why human agents behave the way they do). You could do worse than starting almost at the ...

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Are humans artifacts?
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The cited article goes on to say that an artifact has necessarily a maker or an author With that, there is little chance that there is a definite answer to your question because it is tied to ...

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When did the West acquired a concept of "mindfulness"/"being present at the moment"?
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The earliest directly related quote from Western, presumably independent source that I am aware of is by Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662): We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the ...

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What is the difference between The one, Buddha-nature, Brahman and Tao?
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If one had to compare religions -- not their Gods -- with a single, positive word each, those could be "love" for Christianity (and other "Western" religions) and "contentment" for Buddhissm (and ...

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Arguments for moral realism?
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I do not find the idea of moral realism convincing. My understanding is that it suggests ethical principles are objective features of the world, which we may discover over time as if we were to ...

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