Old Questions 1–270

Answers Page | Ask a Question | Questions 1–421 | Latest Questions
Old Questions | Page 1 of 6
Next |
If time is unreal as McTaggart says how is it that it 'seems' real?

Moira (UK) - 12 Sep 2017, 3:30:45 PM

why Aristotle took subject and predicate as self evident and that everything is either said of something or has something saide of it ?
SALEH - 12 Sep 2017, 11:36:58 AM
I am a foreign high school student who intends to apply to a top american university, in order to major in Philosophy. What kind of extracurricular activities - related to philosophy - could I do and include in my applications, showing to the admissions officials my commitment to its study and improving my chances of being accepted?

Lorenzo (Brazil) - 9 Sep 2017, 8:31:11 PM
What was Bertrand Russell's response to Pascal's Wager?

Ernest - 6 Sep 2017, 3:45:10 PM

Aristotle said that there is truth and falsey only in composition and division sobthat there is no truth in simple concepts, why he thought so and what argument he made to prove his point?

Thanks in advance
Bader (Israel) - 3 Sep 2017, 4:36:36 PM
Does a person who is sympathetic to panpsychism have a moral obligation to rocks?

Robert - 31 Aug 2017, 4:54:14 PM
Was G.E. Moore an atheist?

Irwin - 20 Aug 2017, 6:27:24 PM
What are the ethical issues over the use of encrypted email and messaging? Should there be legal limits on the degree of encryption used?

Jaffa - 20 Aug 2017, 11:46:03 AM
Did Socrates hold that happiness and virtue were identical?

Did he believe that there were different degrees of virtue?

The Stoics claim that there is nothing in between virtue and vice, but does that also commit them to the belief that there aren't degrees of virtue? Can one thing be more virtuous than another virtuous thing?

Gregory Vlastos argues that virtue and happiness are not identical because if they were than we would have no rational grounds for preference between alternatives which are equally consistent with virtue.

However, the Socratic dialogues led me to believe that virtue would always lead you to happiness, so how could a person use that as a consideration when choosing between two options if both would lead to happiness?
Jessica Rosario (Miami) - 15 Aug 2017, 8:31:41 PM
I read a philosophy article a long time ago about existentialism and was wondering if you could help me find a quote? A philosopher said something about overcoming or evading a list of things in order to truly live. I believe death and boredom were on that list, among others... Help?

Louise (Australia) Website - 15 Aug 2017, 1:02:49 AM
Is it correct for moral philosophers to set a general rule for everyone on how to behave? At some times, the idea raised by moral philosophers may be very limited, and the general couldn't detect, which causes misery.

Second question, how many evidence is enough to make a certain claim? It seems to me that we always make claim first, and then use evidence to update our claim. But the claim we first made could be disastrous.

Thank you for answering!

wanyu (illinois) - 12 Aug 2017, 10:08:31 PM
What is your philosophical reflection?

How does it help that philosophical reflection - or what impact does it have - to be professional?
Dianne (Caloocan City) - 6 Aug 2017, 9:00:57 AM
Are you a vegetarian?

Kenneth - 4 Aug 2017, 8:45:50 PM
Dear Philosopher,

I’m a 22 year old university student, double-majoring in philosophy and computer science, about to enter my senior year. I find my philosophy classes intellectually stimulating and enjoyable, my computer science classes somewhat difficult and tedious. Wary of the job market for philosophers, my original plan was to find work in the computer science field, but this prospect is becoming less appealing with each course. Can you offer any guidance for a would-be philosopher looking to make himself employable in the real world?


Jerry Martin (Costa Mesa, CA) - 30 Jul 2017, 7:29:24 PM
In my view, the most fundamental question is whether there is Mystery or not, by which I mean whether one believes that the closing of the circle of “perfect” knowledge (Laplacian-style) is achievable, which is no less “perfect” for including probabilistic or non-deterministic laws, and of course I mean achievable not just to us (humans) but to any conceivable intelligence with any conceivable technology. I don’t think the closing of the circle of perfect knowledge is achievable. Thus, I believe in Mystery. I know this belief is an article of faith, based only on intuition, however “obvious” this intuition may be to me. I am aware that it is just a personal preference. How could people holding the contrary view say their view is not based on “faith” and believe in a theory of everything? What are the premises or axioms a theory of everything should be based on? Are they not articles of faith ultimately? Shouldn’t one have to "step outside" of everything to be able to confirm it is everything?

Santi Herrera Hall (North Carolina) - 24 Jul 2017, 6:49:05 PM
The Aristotle’s Rhetoric is amorality? Why? or, Why not?
Tomás (Brazil) - 24 Jul 2017, 2:24:56 PM
Dear Sir,

I have always held the view that every book is philosophical,so far as it shows originality.

Since a book is somebody's own ideas,it is not his/her own philosophy? For example "Wuthering Heights" as a great write up. Am I wrong in thinking that way?
Joshua Hughes - 23 Jul 2017, 2:23:29 AM
If museums are a place of connection to muses, and computers become creative (through artificial intelligence) does that change the role of museums?

Mark Walhimer (NY) - 20 Jul 2017, 9:03:22 AM
Who, in your opinion, is the most important philosopher of all time?

Seymour Schooler - 17 Jul 2017, 9:32:44 AM
Aristotle argues that reason should rule our soul (i.e. our mind). In other words, our ability to reason should monitor our emotional responses and keep the pursuit of satisfying our desires in check. Is he essentially right?

Kassidy (Texas) - 12 Jul 2017, 7:20:21 AM
I have a report on the metaphysics of modality. Upon reading my available sources, I was confused whether this modality is always connected with the concept of "possible worlds"? Reading modality I was always being lead to the concept of possible worlds. In our report, we need to talk about the two contrasting theories--realism of Hilary Putnam and anti-realism of Ernest Sosa. How could I connect modality into these theories since this is the aim of our report--to talk about metaphysics of modality and the two theories of Putnam and Sosa.

Rex Jumawan - 10 Jul 2017, 9:56:43 PM
How is it that we say things are young but in reality when you think of it everything is as old as the earth itself besides the human example a spoon it may be five months old but the components that make it I've been in the ground for billions of years so wouldn't it be a lot older than We think it is

Chandler Buch (Valparaiso, NE) - 9 Jul 2017, 10:18:26 PM
I am trying to complete the first question of a three paper writing assignment for my ethics philosophy course. I already answered the first three and ethically figure out the last one. here is the question in its totality.

What's the difference between a rule-utilitarian and a Kantian? Is there really a difference? Can you think of a case in which a rule-utilitarian and a Kantian would reach different conclusions about whether an act is right or wrong? If in every case the rule-utilitarian and the Kantian reached the same ethical conclusion, would that mean that there is no significant difference between the two accounts of ethics?

This is the one I am stuck on.

If in every case the rule-utilitarian and the Kantian reached the same ethical conclusion, would that mean that there is no significant difference between the two accounts of ethics?

robert dejesus (Detroit mi.) - 29 Jun 2017, 3:20:32 PM
Sir, What is the philosophical Zombie? How does it apply to the real world?
Joshua hughes - 27 Jun 2017, 9:35:40 PM
Sir, What is known as the Zombie Effect in Philosophy? Does it have something to do with real Zombies in Haiti...or those depicted in movies?

Joshua - 25 Jun 2017, 9:19:01 PM
Did Bertrand Russell believe that there was life in outer space?

Irwin - 23 Jun 2017, 8:30:37 AM
Is it possible for contridictions to exist not in our beliefs but in "even though I know its a fuzzy word" our reality? Do the logical absolutes hold true in every world, universe, and existence?

jamie (swansea) - 21 Jun 2017, 10:15:58 AM
Is matter for the sake of form?

Ernest - 15 Jun 2017, 12:18:08 AM
Is mathematics an exact science? Mathematics depends upon definitions. Definitions depend upon experience?

Robert - 13 Jun 2017, 5:50:50 PM
Dear Sir,

I am curious to know what philosophers say about Spontaneous Human Combustion? Is it real or a hoax? Is it physical or metaphysical?
joshua hughes (Accra,Ghana) - 9 Jun 2017, 12:02:11 PM
What is the doctrine of emanation? I have been told that it is neither creation or evolution. Did any of the ancient Greek philosophers believe in it? Are there any scientists, living or dead, who accepted it?

Robert Dawson - 6 Jun 2017, 6:01:49 PM
Hello! I am a philosophical Luddite so please excuse my lack of correct language or whatever........

I've been doing some rather tangential research for an art project and I keep hitting things like - the cosmic egg and Phanes, oroborous, cosmological pessimism, anthropocentrism etc. This had led to me to marvel at the idea that, the two most solid truths for an anthropocene are Birth and Death, conversely, the two most popular unanswered queries when investigating the cosmos or non-human existence is; the Big Bang and the Black Hole. I'm interested in the symmetry and wondering if there is a particular tract of study that examines these things as a unity of opposites or sumfin sumfin? I'm not sure if this makes sense......

Betty (Tasmania) - 3 Jun 2017, 12:13:55 AM
Sir, I will like to know what it will look like when at the end of the world,we got to know that none of the religions is the way to salvation,but rather something else? I mean not Christianity,not Islam,not Buddhism or the others? Isn't that a possibility?

joshua hughes (Ghana) - 31 May 2017, 10:37:37 PM
What is the difference between objective and intersubjective? And is this distinction significantly related to another distinction, that of being versus existence?

Thank you!

Russell Clark

Russell Clark (Baton Rouge, LA) Website - 30 May 2017, 11:42:23 AM
I am trying to do an analysis on the dualist essay of Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre. I was wondering if there are any tips to better understanding the large work? Depending on who sees this, Thank you.

Kaleb Getachew (Virginia) - 29 May 2017, 11:04:55 PM
What are we to make of people who believe in the existence of God and yet at the same time do not believe in life after death? Could it be that they have done something in their lifetime that has instilled in them a fear of Hell? I offer the late Antony Flew as an example. After being converted to a belief in the existence of God, he still did not believe in life after death. When asked why not in a television interview, his response was that he feared Hell.

Robert - 28 May 2017, 9:30:38 AM
What, if anything, is wrong with Brain in a Vat Arguments?
John Smith (England) - 25 May 2017, 4:31:14 PM
Did St Augustine believe that time did not exist?

Carter - 25 May 2017, 9:23:41 AM
Ancient Greek philosophers loved to talk about ethics. But they never seem to mention compassion. Did any of them argue that we have a moral obligation to help others?

Christian - 23 May 2017, 2:07:43 PM
Who can explain why Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Islam and Christianity) are regarded as monotheistic religions whilst they recognise Satan/Lucifer as an evil immortal powerful force (a god ..an evil god). Is Satan/Lucifer not part of the whole system of beliefs? These religions believe he exists and they believe he has power ..an evil power. That means Lucifer is an enemy of their god (Devine being, High Spirit) he is an opposition, meaning he is a god himself. Then logically there are at least two gods in these religions.

Kenny (South Africa) - 22 May 2017, 8:05:58 AM
According to Thomist philosophy and logic: is a possible modal proposition (either divisive or compound) a non-judicative proposition? It would seem to me that the other three modal propositions (necessity, impossibility, and contingent) are all judicative. However, I can not see how the mode of “possibility” can be judicative. For if truth and falsity are in composition and in division before assent, as in their state of possibility only; and if the intellect suspends its assent, the composition is neither true or false; and truth or falsity obtains in an enunciation, i.e. in a composition or division, only after the judgment by which it is declared to be conformed or non-conformed with reality; then I can only see the mode of “possibility” as non-judicative.

R.J. Island - 18 May 2017, 12:54:41 PM
Explain the role of religion (al-dīn) in Islam, and incorporate how this feeds into their understanding of how they relate to God.

BINGCHENG WU (United States) - 18 May 2017, 2:16:41 AM
According to the traditional Buddhist story, what was Siddhartha’s early life like? Why did he decide to go forth to seek the truth?

Bingcheng Wu (san francisco) - 18 May 2017, 2:15:24 AM
Is the soul in the body or the body in the soul?

Gerald - 17 May 2017, 9:08:52 PM
Hello, I want to ask you some questions:

1)Do you believe in fate or coincidence? Why?

2)Do you believe plants are as aware as humans about their surroundings and themselves? Why/why not?

3)How much does the fact that humans have language, trick people into thinking that we're more aware of our surroundings and self than any other species that exists on earth, if at all? in other words, does awareness have to do with language?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely.
Razan Taysir (Nablus.) - 15 May 2017, 10:02:03 AM
Was Eli Wiesel, the chronicler of The Holocaust and Nobel Laureate, correct when he said that "the opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference"?

Robert - 14 May 2017, 5:52:35 PM
What is the difference between ethics and morals?

Orlando - 13 May 2017, 2:25:59 PM
How does one determine if a question is senseless?

Irwin - 11 May 2017, 5:52:50 PM
Why is there something instead of nothing? Is this a profound question or is it as Richard Dawkins maintains a "senseless question"?

Minnie Solomon - 8 May 2017, 3:25:29 PM
So, I am attempting learn philosophy on my own. To be specific, I want to know what you can tell me about learning to understand philosophical thinking and philosophical texts. How do I learn the language and the process of analyzing philosophical arguments and also crafting such arguments.

Navid - 6 May 2017, 4:40:39 PM
Next |