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Question posted on October 23, 2014; no responses
Is the Theory of the Forms, including the Realm of Forms and the Realm of Senses, an idea of Plato or of Socrates?...
Philosophers Show

Question posted on October 23, 2014; 1 response
Are 'dangerous' and 'aesthetically ugly' one and the same thing? I read somewhere once, that arachnophobia evolved as a defence mechanism against dangerous spiders. Even though most spider species are harmless, this evolved response is still there, as it is...
Beauty, Biology Show

Question posted on October 23, 2014; no responses
What is your opinion of self-help books even ones that are bestsellers and recommended by psychiatrists? I've always found them to be practical for day to day living but not very philosophically astute when it comes to explanations but is...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on October 23, 2014; no responses
Racists often claim their views aren't racist because they are true. But, even a racist statement was true, wouldn't it be racist? Is it part of the definition of racism that to qualify as racist a statement has to be...
Language, Race Show

Question posted on October 23, 2014; 1 response
What's the difference between understanding an opponent's argument, and agreeing with it? What prevents me from saying that if my opponent disagrees with my argument, he must misunderstand it?...
Logic Show

Question posted on October 23, 2014; no responses
Nietszche once said that, in his belief, there is no real truth. That what people considers as a fact, as a real truth is only what the most of the people in general aproves, but that in the world there...
Truth Show

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




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