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Can we prove reality?
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I think one reality is certain and indisputable: our own individual reality which is intuitively perceived without the need to any empirical data or substantiation. There can be no doubt that you are ...

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Are there any recognized modern eastern or Asian philosophers out there? Is eastern philosophy taken seriously in the 21st century?
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This is one of the most crucial questions I have encountered on Philosophy.SE, and indicates an admirable consciousness about the structural bias in Western mainstream academia. It's a fact that while ...

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How is "time" defined in modern philosophy?
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I advocate Mulla Sadra's definition of time. A Persian religious scholar of 17th century who was also a genius of the Islamic tradition of Peripatetic, Neo-platonic Philosophy. He introduced ...

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When it's stated that human beings are equal, what kind of equality is usually implied?
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If we define humans by their accidents (physical features, genetics, habits etc), it is impossible to find even two equals. But in philosophy, human as a concept is abstracted from essential ...

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What would be the relation between logic and philosophy?
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What would be the relation between logic and philosophy? To quote Wikipedia: Logic is the use and study of valid reasoning. The study of logic features most prominently in the subjects of ...

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How does materialism understand affect?
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I believe your confusion is rooted in a more profound philosophical problem, the ontology of abstraction and abstract concepts, and this is often the earliest, most fundamental problem we often find ...

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Why is existence not a true predicate with respect to Anselm's argument?
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The problem with Anslem's argument is not existence being a true predicate for God as a concept. 'God' when conceived of as a concept exists but only in our mind. However Anslem failed to see that ...

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Isn't there an inherent contradiction in creating your own meaning in life?
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You're right. If everyone can create "meaning" based on personal preference not some philosophical idea it will amount to contradiction. Because the concept of purpose on itself (as far as the pure ...

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Is there such thing as the present?
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Other answerers have already pointed this out. It appears that all that we experience is present. My added value though is that thinking of present in mathematical terms is wrong. Existence is ...

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Does the imperfection of man imply the imperfection of God?
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I am delighted to see a serious attempt at contemplating God and creation. In a holistic Neoplatonist understanding of God and creation, your premises are questionable. For according to ...

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Can a machine generate an "idea"?
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Humans have the potential to generate infinite ideas. This for meta-physicians of my heritage is a corroboration of the thesis that mind is immaterial and in it is exercise of thinking it becomes ...

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Does Singer mean that we are never moral, and if not so what?
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As a Muslim (and a theist student of philosophy after all), I recall an interesting Quranic verse which suggests something very similar but with an additional qualifier: "You will never attain ...

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If God is pure act of being, where does the essence of being come from?
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I have not studied St. Thomas but the theory is also discussed in muslim philosophy, that's why I readily recognized the theme. My answer also comes from my knowledge of muslim philosophy but I think ...

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Was Jesus or Muhammed crazy?
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Your question clearly shows lack of basic knowledge on what Islam teaches. So I believe it was really unwise of you to jump into such an inflammatory conclusion without having first made a brief study ...

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Could there ever be evidence for an infinite being?
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There are logical arguments for proving the infinity of God. What you quoted from Anselm is, however, not an argument. The link you referenced does summarize his argument, but the validity and the ...

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Is Horse a Concept?
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Well, your questions were among the most basic lessons of a short Logic handbook I have which is based on classical Aristotelian logic as further refined and developed by muslim classical logician-...

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Concerning the first self-aware human
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First off, it should be pointed out that the process of self-awareness you are describing is also experienced by human young. I believe we all get to experience that at some point in the age of 3 when ...

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Platonic form of existence
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I think you've become confused with the theory. Forms are in fact universal intelligible concepts that all exist in a higher level with all the characteristics you have listed. So form of Beauty ...

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Why have philosophers historically defined God as omni-benevolent?
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Why, from my admittedly limited exposure to western philosopher, do we place such prominence on arguing for the Christian god's existence or non-existence? God is a central concept to all ...

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Can moral philosophers settle moral questions?
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So my question is thus: do moral philosophers resolve moral questions, or do they simply help us understand them? I believe there’s not a definite answer to the question. A philosopher of ethics ...

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Defenses of Descartes's rationality in regards to "cogito" fallacy?
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Centuries before Descartes made up that (maybe perceived) fallacy, Avicenna the persian muslim philosopher had already explained why it is a logical fallacy to argue from an issue of the self (in this ...

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How do you tell what are human rights?
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Coming from Islam.SE this is my first answer attempt at the philosophy forum. I think it is evident that without a universal philosophical definition of human nature and purpose, and a universal ...

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Is my argument against Descartes's "I think, therefore I am", logically sound?
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That's an intelligent question. Whether the argument is sound or not depends on how you read it. I my view, Descartes's argument even though maybe imperfectly articulated is a useful mental exercise ...

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Is 'truth' abstract or concrete?
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Truth whether as in statements that employ general abstract concepts to describe reality or as a meaning itself, is not concrete even though it is abstracted from concrete reality. For if it were ...

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What are the benefits of virtue ethics compared to deontology?
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The fundamental "virtue" of virtue ethics over deontological ethics -- for which Lok123's answer provides a useful case-based analysis -- is that the former centers on what actually constitutes and ...

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Virtue and Vices associated with Pleasures in daily life?
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Well, my understanding is that when defining different degrees of pleasure in amusement, he evidently doesn't make any reference to motive. But as for pleasure in relations, it seems that he had to ...

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Can a machine, lacking reflection, be a Person?
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This assumption usually strikes those who equate human intellect (soul) with human brain and reduce human brain to a machine. This is rooted in materialist philosophy that rejects human soul having ...

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Is there still a place in modern philosophy for qualitative or non-mathematical philosophy?
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According to Gnostic religious wisdom and traditional science, the prevalent modern infatuation with quantity both in real life -- as in love for material wealth and the craze for technological ...

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Are we are born with some innate sense of critical thinking or is this simply the product of an education?
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No, we are not born with any sense of critical thinking. We are born only with our material sense perceptions. However, upon recurring sensual perceptions, and as a result, subsequent conception of ...

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Is our Philosophy, the Human Philosophy, the only possible Philosophy which can exist?
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Essential to philosophy is the ability to reason. Therefore, if a being has the faculty of reasoning, it will be able to philosophize. As for noumenonological parts of being, Platonic and ...

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