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Question posted on April 4, 2014; 2 responses
Why is such a high value placed in reading the "Classics"? It's one thing to honor the past and honor the fact that, but for those who came before, we wouldn't be where we are today, and another thing entirely...
History, Philosophy Show

Question posted on August 2, 2012; 1 response
Are there any histories of philosophy that focus on the ideas of the philosophers in their effort to philosophically ground ideas about the universe that reveal it as profound, mysterious, or divine? I sometimes I think that histories of philosophy...
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Question posted on July 26, 2012; 1 response
This might be a history question as much as a philosophy question but is there something profoundly distinct about the 20th and late 20th century that represents a distinct break from the past that is unlike any other break from...
History Show

Question posted on December 29, 2011; 1 response
Is there any scientific evidence that history proceeds in dialectical fashion ala Marx and Hegel?...
History Show

Question posted on November 17, 2011; 2 responses
I've been in education of some kind for over fifteen years now, and over these years I've had many history classes, concerning a variety of topics. Something strange happens in all of them, though - without exception, the classes...
History Show

Question posted on March 17, 2011; 1 response
Generally in math and the sciences, theories are studied and given attention only insofar as they are judged correct. In philosophy, however, many historical views are examined which very few modern philosophers would endorse or even take seriously. Why should...
History, Philosophy Show

Question posted on January 4, 2011; 1 response
Some people and philosophers seem to see individual human activity as arising, not from interaction between individuals, but from interactions between social groups - that is, what gives rise to the behavior of individual men and women is the dymanic...
History Show

Question posted on January 4, 2011; 1 response
Without considering the arguments that there was ever a Jewish Holocaust can I be certain that such a thing happened just because I've read about it in my history books in school?...
History, Knowledge Show

Question posted on November 17, 2009; 3 responses
What are the most notable and the best books with the subject : "history of philosophy", that can be used as a reliable reference?...
History, Philosophy Show

Question posted on April 18, 2008; 1 response
How useful do you feel an understanding of philosophy is to the study of history? I am a history graduate on my way to completing a MA and PhD in this field. More and more my studies have got me...
History, Philosophy Show

Question posted on January 18, 2008; 1 response
What kind of questions did philosophers ask in Ancient Greece?...
History, Philosophers Show

Question posted on July 19, 2007; 1 response
I have often wondered how proponents of the doctrine of "historical relativity" manage to avoid an inherent contradiction. For example, if one asserts "all truths are relative" (to an historical epoch or weltenschaung, e.g.), must one not also apply that observation...
History, Truth Show

Question posted on December 24, 2006; 2 responses
Can there be such a thing as 'progress' in human history? Does time and circumsance have a more than superficial bearing on our beings? Or are we essentially the same regardless of historical epoch or geographical conditioning? I refer...
History Show

Question posted on October 19, 2005; 1 response
How legitimate can history be if every document that has ever been written has some bias behind its writing? To what extent can we trust historical books written in a time we otherwise would have no knowledge of? How certain...
History Show

Question posted on October 11, 2005; 1 response
Presuming that it is impossible to write unbiased history, does that make the discipline invalid in that it can never be what it would ideally (at least for many) be: a completely truthful presentation of the past? ...
History Show

Question posted on October 11, 2005; 1 response
Why do historians write as if Man were the pre-eminent factor in shaping events when so much is decided by scientific factors (and negative ones, like the absence of viruses and meteors)?...
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