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Question posted on April 6, 2015; no responses
It is clear that the vast majority of students who majored in philosophy at their undergraduate college will never obtain a PhD and become philosophy professors. Most of them will either go into a different post-undergrad program such as...
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Question posted on April 6, 2015; 1 response
An elementary precept of logic says that where there are two propositions, P and Q, there are four possible "truth values," P~Q, Q~P, P&Q, ~P~Q, where ~ means "not."   Do people ever apply this to pairs of philosophy propositions? For...
Logic, Philosophy Show

Question posted on April 6, 2015; 1 response
Some philosophers hold views that assert A, and some others, nonetheless called philosophers, the contrary of A. Then isnīt that not just all about the domain of opinion? Some of them well argumented, wise and logically consistent, while others are...
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Question posted on January 23, 2015; 1 response
Is "doing" philosophy a series of back and forth arguments? If so, then just who is the jury that decides? If a group of experienced analytic professors debates one Ayn Rand follower with no academic training, and repeated population samples...
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Question posted on January 23, 2015; 1 response
Have you ever changed your mind about a major philosophical problem or theory and did you feel that it was a waste of time defending your previous position?...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on December 30, 2014; 1 response
Can studying philosophy make one's life worse? I've been reading philosophy in my spare time for the last four years and it has not improved any facet of my life other than make me more critical of everything and most...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; 1 response
Which branches of philosophy are more likely to be made redundant due to advances in science, and which ones are more likely to endure despite major advances in science? Joe W....
Philosophy, Science Show

Question posted on November 20, 2014; 1 response
As practicing philosophers, how do you react to known academics and intellectuals who are dismissive of philosophy, like Stephen Hawking and Lawrence Krauss? Are there some truths to what they are saying about the nature and value of philosophy?...
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Question posted on November 13, 2014; 1 response
Can anybody who thinks about philosophical qustions become a philospher? Likewise, is it necessary to have an academic background in philosophy to be considered a philospher?...
Philosophy Show

Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
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...
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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?...
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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 4, 2014; 1 response
Hi my name is Victoria! I was searching for some information about "what is the proper object of philosophy?" and couldn't find anything. Hope that I can get help on answering this question on the website. Thank you...
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Question posted on July 31, 2014; 1 response
I have a question about reading certain philosophers, specifically Kant in my case, as "pre-requisites" for other philosophers. I'm not particularly interested in Kant, but I've been interested in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger for a long time now. I've heard...
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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 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...
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Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
I am trying to understand the idea behind the question of the meaning of knowledge. I'm confused by why the usual meaning of something we remember having encountered before requires further definition. I guess I'm asking if philosophy has no...
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Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
I am close to someone with Asperger's syndrome. Do you think Philosophy would be a good field for someone with asperger's to look into? Do you think there's a higher prevalence of it among the philosophy community than other disciplines?...
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Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
I currently study philosophy at an undergraduate level at Trinity College Dublin, and I am interested in pursuing philosophy of mind at a graduate level – certainly with a PhD. That's the hope anyway. I have considered perhaps doing something like...
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