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In what way(s) does popular New Atheism fail to be philosophical?
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Is it that New Atheism isn't philosophy? Yes -- it is not a philosophy; wikipedia describes it as "a social and political movement" first associated with Sam Harris, an American writer who holds a B....

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Zombies and Occam's razor
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Does Occam's razor actually favor (i) over (ii)? No, because although (i) and (ii) both assert the reality of consciousness, (i) further asserts the reality of something that inexplicably mimics it. ...

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What makes a religion genuine or acceptable?
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I'm looking for a little more than "A lot of adults believe it so it's OK". In other words, you are not willing to accept the premise that it is nothing but because "a lot of adults ...

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Is sophistry useful?
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You've confused the modern use of the term, which, like rhetoric, is now used almost exclusively pejoratively, with its use in Socrates' era (i.e., the era of the people we generally refer to as that ...

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Climate change statement - is there a logical fallacy here?
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To be fair, the question is obviously intended rhetorically and rhetoric is in part about persuading people to make leaps of faith. From that perspective, this argument is probably a good one -- but ...

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What is the definition of Derrida's term "dissemination"?
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I know that Derrida writes on dissemination and has an original theory of it I think he uses the term in a reasonably conventional way; AFAIK it would be a bit of a red herring to say he has a ...

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Can any consensual activity be wrong?
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I certainly think you could have a coherent, viable moral system based around this principle; in many ways we already do in the concept of free will and recognition of and respect for other people as ...

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How materialism can be consistent in the context of qualia and simplicity?
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There's no inconsistency between the reality of qualia and materialism unless one has an excessively reductive conception of "the physical" -- using things like Locke's inverted spectrum and "Is your ...

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If materialism is true, then what accounts for pleasure and pain?
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According to wikipedia, physicalism is now-a-days the preferred term to materialism in order to better include physical phenomenon which might be considered immaterial, e.g., fields or space itself. ...

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Is there any philosophical value in "atheistic theology"
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If the planet Abracadabra is one some astrophysicists insist exist and others insist do not, people in the latter camp cannot at the same time claim they have something to contribute to the body of ...

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Does the lack of absurdities in our universe call into question the validity of multiverse theories?
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If the theories about multi verse are to be true and we have explained the immensely improbable events like the low entropy state and the fine tuning of the cosmological constant should there then not ...

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Are there thought experiments about physicalism?
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I was surprised to learn that this one (from the "Related" sidebar), regarding philosophical zombies, is actually used in published philosophical works as a refutation of physicalism (David Chalmers ...

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Why did Bertrand Russell say "art is anarchic and resistant to organization?"
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By his own admission, Russell wasn't interested in aesthetics, so his comment is probably not part of a more elaborate philosophy. But... "Anarchic and resistant to organization" perhaps conflates ...

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Is there an ethical case for Womens Colleges being publicly funded while other similar institutions are not?
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They aren't at all ethically exempt, keeping in mind the important distinction between law and ethics. Without digging deeply (since this isn't the "U.S. Law Forum"), I believe the legal system in ...

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Basic question on nature of things
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An obvious answer to this is the existence of the subject, i.e., the self that considers the question. This is partially what the famous Cartesian assertion, cogito ergo sum ("I think therefore I am")...

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How could our universe suddenly appear out of nothingness?
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You mention the big bang, which would place the question into the realm of physics and not philosophy. There are various answers to the question, "Where did the universe come from?" in physics but I ...

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Is there any connection between mental illness and philosophical thought?
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Philosophical position like solipsism are well thought out and definitely rational. Agreed, and according to wikipedia solipsism was formalized by the Sophists, for whom it sensibly enough was a ...

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Which questions have philosophers answered more satisfyingly than mere common sense?
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The three questions you list -- "what is the purpose of life?", "do we have free will?", "do good and evil exists?" -- are ones many people have strong feelings about, and likely they do not all agree ...

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Delineation between prescriptive and descriptive ethics
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Who has explicitly addressed the problem as to when to decide to allow for a specific ethical theory to deviate from common-sense moral intuitions? It's not much of problem to start with. Most ...

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How much formal logic and mathematics would I have to study if I focused on continental philosophy?
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If you are going to a university in the English speaking world, enrolling in Philosophy proper usually does mean a concentration in analytic philosophy; this does not mean it is impossible to get a ...

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What exactly is the persuasive power behind Jackson's "Mary's Room" argument?
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So, it seems like Jackson is denying that experience, or even "knowledge-how" can be explained physically. Perhaps there is a "map is not the territory" fallacy at play here. That experience can be ...

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Why is the Kochsche Curve and programming so similiar?
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I believe you mean the Koch curve (-sche is a German suffix meaning -ess or -ical?), which according to wikipedia was the work of a Swedish mathematician. The first programmers were generally ...

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