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Question posted on April 25, 2014; 1 response
What grounds does a non-expert have for taking a position on an issue that the experts don't agree on? More specifically, how can I be justified aligning myself with a particular ethical theory, explicitly or implicitly (e.g. when I...
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Question posted on April 25, 2014; 1 response
I am often unable to decide upon an opinion, as I know that my knowledge of the subject is incomplete. For example, I am unsure of whether the (as it currently seems to me) few insights that psychology can add...
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Question posted on April 17, 2014; 2 responses
Is it right to call a believer rational even if she cannot prove articulately or give good arguments for her belief in God? Let's just say I ask a believer "Why do you believe in God?" and she simply answered,...
Rationality, Religion Show

Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
The universe appears to behave in logical ways. All of the individual physical components of the universe, as far as we can tell, are likely governed by logically consistent laws of physics. According to physicalism, human beings are nothing more...
Mind, Rationality Show

Question posted on October 31, 2013; 1 response
Debating with a theologian over the validity of biblical condemnation of homosexuality i've been offered a sequence of arguments that seem to me circular. First argument: Divine directives 1. God has given the directive to establish the eterosexual marriage 2. Homosexual acts are...
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Question posted on September 19, 2013; 2 responses
Is it always irrational to procrastinate, or is there a way where procrastination as a choice can be rationally justified?...
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Question posted on August 22, 2013; 1 response
It seems to me that today's rationality is completely irrational in a sense that it attacks everything that is not rational. But who define what is rational? For example, many people like to back up their beliefs by scientific arguments...
Rationality, Science Show

Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
Many philosophers teach courses and/or write textbooks on topics such as reasoning, argumentation, informal logic and critical thinking. And they do so in a world where many people, including politicians, teachers, celebrities, activists, etc., sometimes make specious arguments in a...
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Question posted on June 20, 2013; 1 response
I understand that mathematical induction is deductive reasoning (but why doesn't it have another name?!). But I wonder if there can be true induction based only on reason. Here is an example: I may think about a possible practical problem...
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Question posted on June 7, 2013; 1 response
Is it rational to believe that some of my beliefs are false? This seems like a reasonable claim. After all, most people have some false beliefs, and I know that I've had plenty of beliefs in the past which I...
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Question posted on May 15, 2013; 1 response
What do you call this type of argument? Stephen Hawking recently boycotted a prestigious Israeli academic conference, and many were quick to call him a hypocrite: "If you’re going to boycott Israel, please remove the Intel chip that allows you to...
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Question posted on March 21, 2013; 1 response
Is there a difference between blind faith and faith? Doesn't faith in a certain sense have to be blind to rational....
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Question posted on February 21, 2013; 1 response
If i define philosopher as lover of wisdom, how can i be sure that its a rational,critical and systematic investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct(one of nowadays favoured definitions of philosophy, it seems to me)that...
Emotion, Philosophy, Rationality Show

Question posted on November 8, 2012; 1 response
Can rationality be explained? Sometimes I think that it can, it is just something like non-contradiction. But sometimes I think it can't, since any explanation of rationality will have to assume it. ?...
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Question posted on May 24, 2012; 1 response
I've heard it asserted several times in quite different contexts that "people make decisions primarily using emotional criteria, and only after the fact do they then use reason to justify this decision." I'm curious both to hear your response(s) in general,...
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Question posted on May 3, 2012; 1 response
I often read that we must judge arguments or claims based on their own merits, rather than on the quality of the person presenting them. This is fine in realms such as logic or everyday life, where we can...
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Question posted on March 22, 2012; 1 response
If somebody behaves unethically, and knows they are doing so, have they made some sort of error of reasoning? Is it coherent to consciously choose to do something one knows is wrong? Or does it merely demonstrate that...
Ethics, Rationality Show

Question posted on March 9, 2012; 2 responses
In scenarios where the metaphorical glass is either half-full or half-empty, so to speak, are there any compelling rational reasons to come down on one side or the other? Or is a person's optimism or pessimism just a character...
Emotion, Rationality Show

Question posted on January 26, 2012; 2 responses
According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of philosophy Schopenhauer was one of the first philosophers to advocate for the idea that the universe was not something "rational" What is an "irrational" universe then? Is there a difference between a universe being...
Philosophers, Rationality Show

Question posted on January 26, 2012; 1 response
Despite the fact that philosophy is based on rationality, are there any philosophers who embraced the irrational side of man or irrationality in general, and how could they justify this except by contradicting themselves by using rational arguments?...
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