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Question posted on February 19, 2015; 1 response
If every thing has being then how can non-being, as a concept, not have being? Wouldn't it have being by virtue of its distinction from being? I.e. in being 'non-being'- it 'is' that which is 'not being' (the conceptual complement...
Existence Show

Question posted on February 19, 2015; no responses
What is biologically/evolutionarily normal? How does one define it? Is it synonymous with ideal perfection of an organism or species? Or does it mean some sort of 'happy medium' between lethal/maladaptive enough to cause extinction and the aforementioned ideal perfection?...
Biology Show

Question posted on February 19, 2015; 1 response
Is rape always immoral? Could it be justified under jurisprudence as punishment for a crime or under environmental ethics to save the human race in the event of a near human extinction?...
Ethics, Punishment, Sex Show

Question posted on February 19, 2015; no responses
I guess philosophers distinguish "sentence meaning" (what certain abstract sequences of words mean) and "speaker's meaning" (what some speaker means when he or she says something). Aren't there other kinds of meaning? My main concern is "utterance meaning", that is,...
Language Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
People who want to adopt children typically must demonstrate that they would be good parents (they must be financially stable, reasonably healthy, law-abiding, and so on). This is often a very difficult process, as prospective parents are placed under intense...
Children Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
So I'm reading The Power of Logic, 4th edition. While on a section describing Modus Tollen it says that, Not A; If A, then B; So, Not B is an example of Modus Tollen. My question is how can that...
Logic Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; no responses
Hello, I have a question regarding the rational reasons for having child. I love to have kid but I think it is too selfish to bring a child in a world full of problems. I bring a child to this world why...
Children Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
I am a scientist with very strong desire for personal growth.I acknowledge the undeniable practical values of science in making better world. However, I am wondering how being a scientist would contribute to my own growth and self-actualization.(regardless of financial...
Science, Value Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 2 responses
Suppose I have never played a game of chess. If I now make the claim that I've won all the games of chess I've ever played, is that claim true, false, or undefined? A group of friends had...
Language, Logic Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
Is Plato right when he says that ignorance is the source of all evil? I live in the American south, and a large number of the people here are, in my opinion, ignorant; and i recently got into an argument...
Education Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; no responses
Are libel laws immoral? Libel is so not easy to define yet depending on how it may be interpreted, all satire and caricature can be considered libel. Isn't the mark of a free society being able to say whatever one...
Ethics, Law Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
Just what is a definition? Are definitions ever proved or are they all man made? If they are man made, what good are they?...
Language Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
Do philosophers always embrace rationalism? Why not irrationalism? What's so bad about my voting for a political candidate based on how attractive his wife is?...
Rationality Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; no responses
Is there such a thing as a historical right? For example do Natives have a historical right to land that is now occupied by the United States government?...
History, Justice Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
I would like to know if duty implies value. If I have the duty to take care of my daughter, does that imply that it is better that I take care of her than that I don't? If two people...
Ethics, Value Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; no responses
Are we corrupting the term "ideology" by using it to describe nearly any movement or worldview, such as the beliefs that motivate the Islamic State or other terrorist groups?. Clearly, there is no argument based on reason to support their...
Language Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
Is a society that criminalizes incitement to violence and libel really a free society despite all other forms of speech being legal?...
Justice Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
If we as professional and amateur philosophers are to accept psychology as a science (see question 5362 answered by Charles Taliaferro), then what does that make psychiatry? Even if a person fits all the criteria for having a mental disorder...
Mind Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
An acquaintance believes that mandatory vaccination laws are "immoral." Her basic argument, as best I understand it, is that even if vaccines benefit almost everyone, there IS a risk -- however small -- that someone may be injured or even...
Ethics Show

Question posted on February 9, 2015; no responses
What are your thoughts regarding personal identity? It seems to me that the "future" of philosophy will consist in the debate between the Parfitian conception of humans and Animalism. I tend to think that Locke's psychological continuity theory...
Identity Show




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