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Question posted on July 17, 2014; no responses
Generally when a celebrity declares they aren't a feminist but they support women's equality feminists will take them to task for their supposed naivety. These feminists will say that being for women's equality makes one a feminist and its only...
Feminism Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; no responses
Hello everyone. I am a sophomore starting a philosophy club at my high school. No other high school in the district has one. To get straight to the point, I need a clever acronym for the club's name. Although this...
Education Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; 3 responses
Hello there. Some contemporary philosophers say that Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God are good arguments (eg John Haldane), whilst others think they are no good. Lots and lots of philosophers and philosophy books seem to not...
Philosophers, Religion Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; no responses
Can you name an attribute such that all the paintings which have this attribute are good paintings?...
Art Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
Some have suggested that Iraq can never exist as a state unless people identify first as Iraqi citizens, thus providing a point of unity for a population otherwise split by ethnic and religious differences. But citizenship, it seems to me,...
Justice Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; no responses
One of the major criticisms that many cite against increased spending on "social safety nets" in America is that individuals in other countries are much worse off than even the poorest in America. While I have always been very supportive...
Justice Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
I have a question about atheism and semantics, although I'm not sure I can phrase it properly, as it also includes the concept of "belief" separate from "doctrine." Here goes: atheists claim that they do not believe in "God" while...
Ethics, Religion Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; 1 response
Can philosophy speculate as to the likelihood of their being aliens on other planets or intelligent life elsewhere? If so, what do philosophers have to say about this and what do you philosophers on this forum have to say?...
Existence Show

Question posted on July 17, 2014; no responses
A friend of mine thinks that we can define art as 'a statement of creativity'. I'm not sure I agree with him but am struggling with working out what a 'statement' is. Has any philosopher written about this question? Is...
Art Show

Question posted on June 26, 2014; 3 responses
Hello philosophers , recently in a debate with Christians , I made a point that if one claims a relationship with a God or being that can't be seen , heard or touched that they are suffering from a delusion; is...
Religion Show

Question posted on June 26, 2014; 1 response
This is a two part question. I have for some time been fascinated by the idea of holism, the idea that systems must be understood as wholes rather than collections of parts. Some have interpreted this to mean a subsuming of...
Existence Show

Question posted on June 26, 2014; 1 response
Do people have intrinsic value? For several years now I've worked with people with disabilities of all sorts and degrees of severity. It has made me question a lot of things and think about why people matter. There are so many external...
Value Show

Question posted on June 19, 2014; 2 responses
In regards to deductivism and the work of Karl Popper, it's possible to deduce statements which are consistent with science's current understanding of something. These statements are hypotheses and some are testable, and hence scientific, and others are not testable,...
Science Show

Question posted on June 19, 2014; 1 response
I was puzzled not to find any mention of "emptiness" (as expounded upon by Nagarjuna and Chadrakirti, not the feeling one blogger has when his relationships end.) Is that not an issue that our learned philosophical crowd seriously contemplates these...
Philosophers, Philosophy Show

Question posted on June 19, 2014; 1 response
Where can I find literature within philosophy on the "good judgment" that Miriam Solomon (june 5, 2014) describes as essential to philosophy? Is this "good judgment" something like the "tacit knowledge" explored by Michael Polanyi? If so, what is the...
Knowledge Show

Question posted on June 19, 2014; 1 response
If intelligent people incur a moral obligation to society, can the same argument be made for other forms of (for lack of a better word) power? For instance, being beautiful gives you social influence to wield: on this line of...
Ethics Show

Question posted on June 19, 2014; 3 responses
Hi Philosophers, I have a burning question that is troubling me relating the religion versus science debate. I hope I articulate it well enough. Here goes. Mathematically, physicists are close to proving that a multiverse exists. Assuming they do prove this, and...
Physics, Religion Show

Question posted on June 12, 2014; 3 responses
The ancient Greek philosophical schools taught comprehensive philosophies of life. For them, the whole point of doing philosophy was to determine how to live well. Why do contemporary philosophers not publish philosophies of life? Has the point...
Philosophy, Value Show

Question posted on June 12, 2014; 3 responses
This is a follow-up to Miriam Solomon's statement describing philosophy: "Philosophy involves more than deductive logic--it involves the exercise of "good judgment" which in fact we do not understand very well." (june 5, 2014) Can someone tell me more about...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on June 12, 2014; 3 responses
I have a question about "solved" games, and the significance of games to artificial intelligence. I take it games provide one way to assess artificial intelligence: if a computer is able to win at a certain game, such as chess,...
Mind Show




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