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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 ...

October 10, 2013
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Stephen Maitzen

Do philosophers consider psychology to be a science? If not, do they think philosophy should inform personal life values or psychiatric treatment?

September 25, 2013
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Charles Taliaferro

Does intelligence imply obligation? That is, if you can understand a situation better than other people, or have a generally higher aptitude for solving problems, are you obligated to use ...

September 19, 2013
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Charles Taliaferro

Are the intentions of a speaker or writer relevant to determining the meaning of what they say or write? It seems common to suppose so. For example, people will often ...

September 19, 2013
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Douglas Burnham

What, if anything, can it possibly mean to deny the existence of the soul--the one and only thing that we have direct experience of? I can see why someone might ...

September 19, 2013
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Stephen Maitzen

I'm currently reading Simon Blackburn's "Think", in which he claims to use metaphysics to all but explain away the idea of Cartesian dualism. He claims that if it were true ...

August 1, 2013
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Charles Taliaferro

Does what I think affect what I do or does what I do affect what I think?

August 29, 2013
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Allen Stairs

What characteristics essentially define an immaterial soul? I've heard philosophers define a soul as being an immaterial substance which possesses a range of mental capacities or dispositions, but they never ...

August 22, 2013
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Allen Stairs

Although societal pressures do play a role, does atheism manifest itself mostly due to an inborn lack of religious "sense" rather than hearing the logical arguments against God or a ...

August 8, 2013
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Stephen Maitzen

I have been reading a recently published book about the existence of all things (e.g. addressing the question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?"), and am struck by an ...

June 13, 2013
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Stephen Maitzen

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