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Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
Should philosophers be able to speak as well as they write? For most people, speech is a more common form of communication in day to day life than the printed text so it bothers me whenever I watch online philosophy...
Profession Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
Are we really obliged to help the poor? What is the main reason for helping them without a bias in religious beliefs?...
Ethics Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
Assuming that an important justification for democracy is that citizens should have a voice in legislation that effects or even changes the way they live together, should the introduction of societal changing technologies like the automobile or the Internet be...
Business, Ethics Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
Godel statement question. given a consistent formal theory T which contains enough arithmetic, then there will be a true arithmetical "Gödel sentence" G which is not provable in T. If T is consistent, then it's consistency is not T_provable. con(T) => ~T_provable(con(T))...(1) BUT since an...
Logic Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
What do you think is the most important book for courts that have to decide contractual cases? The Realist Book of Contracts, which is about how courts decide contractual cases, the Positivist Book of Contracts, which is about how courts...
Law Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
People trying to defend philosophy often point out that the natural sciences ("natural philosophy") grew out of it. Does that really recommend philosophy, or does it just mean that we use the word "philosophy" much differently now than in Newton's...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
I intend to give myself a systematic classic liberal education for the next 5-10 years. I realize one could spend a lifetime with one philosopher such as Nietzsche, Aristotle, Plato, and many others. Having said that, I want to read...
Education Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
Hello, My name is Kyle, I'm a physics student. I have zero training in philosophy, save for an introductory philosophy course in my freshman year. I've been thinking about something quite frequently, and would like to hear an opinion from...
Mind Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
There is this theistic meta-ethical view according to which there can be evils in the world only if there is an orthodoxly conceived monotheistic god that is the ‘ground’ for the distinction between good and evil. On this theistic meta-ethical...
Religion Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; no responses
Is kissing a person on the lips other than one's spouse cheating? What about not on the lips? Does location really matter when it comes to kissing? I don't think it does, and even when it comes to major slip...
Ethics, Sex Show

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




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