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Question posted on October 9, 2014; 1 response
Philosophers: Is an artist's intention in a painting relevant to the assessment of the quality of the painting (or any work of art, for that matter)? Or is art to be assessed by itself? -Preston...
Art Show

Question posted on October 9, 2014; no responses
Is it hypocritical for an anarchist to work for the government in a capitalist society? If the anarchist hates both capitalism and the government what is he to do?...
Justice Show

Question posted on October 9, 2014; 1 response
A there any compelling engagements one can deploy to counter existential nihilism -- i.e. the view that life (both in terms of individuals or in terms of the totality of humankind) has no intrinsic meaning or value, and that any...
Value Show

Question posted on October 9, 2014; 1 response
I recently saw "Gone Girl" (spoiler alert!) and have been reading articles about the portrayal of its female antagonist, who is manipulative and psychotic. Some argue that this portrayal is problematic, since it plays into misogynistic stereotypes about women. In...
Art, Feminism Show

Question posted on October 9, 2014; no responses
I live in a communal building that contain 4 flats. Last year a new tenant came to live here. She has schizophrenia and other mental health issues and I know she has been in and out of the hospital for...
Ethics Show

Question posted on October 9, 2014; no responses
How does ''trust'' in someone can be achieved without empirical evidence? What keeps us from simply suspending the judgement on interpersonal relations? Does the value of a ''promise'' (argued about on Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals) have anything...
Knowledge Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
What's the point of philosophers analyzing the "true meaning" of texts of other living philosophers? Why not just ask them directly what they really mean when it comes to ambiguous passages, chapters, or books?...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; no responses
Philosophically (of economics) speaking, what should the minimum wage be in Canada and the US?...
Business, Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 2 responses
I believe that God is the greatest conceivable being, and I also came to believe again, having been a former agnostic, that He really exists. My question is regarding the responses of some atheists to some traditional arguments for God's...
Religion Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
Why do some atheists so insistent, especially the militant ones, on promoting their own atheism when it's clear that no one can conclusively prove that God does not exist? As a former atheist, I now found that God gives my...
Religion Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
I just finished watching SalÚ, or the 120 Days of Sodom, and it was easily amongst the top five of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. I use the word "beautiful" because any other superlatives like "great" doesn't seem...
Beauty, Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
Can studying philosophy help one to become more creative? What percent of the first year undergrads you've taught have had original thoughts in their heads at any time?...
Education, Philosophy Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
Are moral theories subject to the principle of falsifiability? thanks Luca from Italy...
Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
I've recently been struggling with the idea of Fatalism, Determinism, Compatibilism, Libertarianism, etc., and from what I've been reading, the general consensus is compatibilism among most philosophers. If this is the case, then what sense is there in being proud of...
Freedom Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; no responses
Is it possible to have a completely original thought? If not then does that make plagiarism a very good thing? The Koreans and the Japanese have been copying not only science and technology but philosophy and culture from the Chinese...
Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; no responses
Some time ago I came to know about two horrible stories that happened in my city, one leading to the death of a young child, the other about a 12-year old raped by a 16-year old. Of course, events like...
Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; no responses
The Philippines has recently experiences the most devastating storm, Yolanda, in its history. The most affected areas of the country were wiped out and almost all sources of food and water became scarce. Looting became common in those areas. I...
Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
I am recently disturbed by the claim of George Carlin's about race. He said that we should not be proud of our race or nationality because we did not choose them. It's like being proud of our sex, when we...
Ethics Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; no responses
In my country (Philippines) we have strict laws regarding wearing helmets. Even back-riders need to wear helmets; otherwise, there would be a fine fr violators. But I disagree with paternalism, and I believe that libertarianism is the correct view....
Justice Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; no responses
two questions: 1) what is the philosophy point of view about people and their morality who consider themself being very high moral and go to africa to help feeding the hungry but won't consider going to shelters in their own country...
Ethics Show




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