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Question posted on December 4, 2014; no responses
are human beings under any moral obligation to pursue knowledge? if we are morally obligated to pursue knowledge, how much and what kinds of knowledge....
Ethics, Knowledge Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
As technology develops, do you think it will ever make sense to say that a computer "knows" things?...
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Question posted on August 21, 2014; 1 response
Is it possible for someone to produce knowledge simply based on reason alone, without any emotion?...
Emotion, Knowledge Show

Question posted on August 21, 2014; 1 response
I want ask about our trust to others, how we can thoroughly trust to others? How we know that we trust to right people? Why we must trust to others and what impact if we hard to give a trust...
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Question posted on July 24, 2014; 1 response
Okay, so I'm currently taking a philosophy of religions course at a community college. Anyway my teacher had asked where morals come from and I responded with a social-evolutionary type of theory and his response was: Teacher: "Your faith in reason...
Knowledge, Religion 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...
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Question posted on May 22, 2014; 1 response
I've been reading Polanyi's book on Tacit Knowledge. Can anyone update me as to the current philosophical status or consensus on this concept, or the (I assume) related concept of intuition? Polanyi also argues that the existence of tacit knowledge...
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Question posted on May 8, 2014; 2 responses
After studying philosophy, I am now so skeptical of everything that I no longer know what I should believe in. I have no idea whom I should vote for in election or whether I should be voting at all, what...
Knowledge, Philosophy Show

Question posted on May 8, 2014; 1 response
The philosopher, Rene Descartes, has said that it is possible to doubt all things except the existence of oneself (cogito ergo sum); that it cannot be doubted, despite how hard one endeavors. However, I am often questioning if that proposition...
Knowledge, Philosophers Show

Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
A question like this was posted in Askphilosophers some months ago but was never answered, so I'll try it again. What kind of knowledge is chess knowledge? Some of it is deductive (e.g., if I move this piece over there...
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Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
I'm completely new to philosophy so please excuse my simplistic question - is it really possible to 'know' anything (aside from apriori knowledge if this exists)? I'm not convinced that it is. PR...
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Question posted on February 13, 2014; 1 response
Although I can experience feelings of fear, pride, and shame in my dreams, I cannot experience the sensation of sharp pains in my dreams. Right now, I am pinching myself and I am experiencing pain. How does this fail to...
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Question posted on January 31, 2014; 1 response
Hello, I'm Sophie. Despite the fact that Plato's epistemology considers that Knowledge is innate, are there any arguments that can support a social aspect of knowledge? I'm reading Theaetetus but I can't find strong enough arguments to include classical theories...
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Question posted on January 31, 2014; 1 response
If knowledge is defined as justified true belief, why is it necessary to include "justified" in that definition. If I have a belief that corresponds with an objective state of affairs, why doesn't that count as knowledge regardless of justification?...
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Question posted on January 30, 2014; 2 responses
On 'Cogito Ergo Sum' If this statement means that the only thing I can know to be true is that I exist, then that means I don't know if the reasoning used to deduce this statement is logically sound. What evidence...
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Question posted on December 19, 2013; 1 response
My question concerns epistemology and "post-modernism". Why do philosophical books on epistemology fail to discuss the problem of how one knows what a text means? Postmodernism have raised various questions about the possibility of how one knows what a text...
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Question posted on November 14, 2013; 1 response
I was wondering if Nagel's argument in "what it is like to be a bat" or the Qualia "Knowledge argument" can be used to prove that certain non physical knowledge can only be attained through experience? For example, could I...
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Question posted on November 7, 2013; 1 response
Does an interested layperson have any business in evaluating or criticizing the arguments of specialists in complex academic fields? Are the intellectual efforts of laypeople (limited, perhaps, for those of working-class status to only a few hours a week) destined...
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Question posted on October 31, 2013; 2 responses
I'm sure that, for almost any position I take on a controversial political issue, there is an expert out there who has investigated it more than I have and, as a result, rejected my position -- or who *would* reject...
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Question posted on October 10, 2013; 1 response
Do you think that there are things humans cannot understand because our brains are limited? Philosopher Thomas Nagel was recently quoted as saying that there are surely truths that people cannot understand (and will never be able to understand), as...
Knowledge, Mind Show




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