201 Answered Questions for the topic philosophy
Logical fallacy: X is bad, Y is worse, thus X is not bad?
I have heard this type of argument too many times: You are criticising X using well researched facts and arguments. Your interlocutor, states that Y is much worse with equally well researched facts... more
Philosophy History Of Philosophy
What did Socrates teach which lead to his conviction that he spoiled youth and taught other Gods?
Socrates was finally sentenced to death because his judges declared that he spoiled youth by his teachings and that he learned other Gods. But what precisely did he teach?
Am I morally obligated to pursue a career in medicine?
I am a high school student who has no formal training in philosophy, so I apologize if this question seems naïve. However, it is one that I am currently facing in a life decision, and I would like... more
Can you provide an example of solving a proof in Predicate Logic?
∃x(Gx • Px) ∨ ∃x(Sx • Ex). ∼∃x(Ex) ∴∃x(Px)
If there are infinite time lines with infinite versions of ourselves, does it make life ultimately meaningless?
Does perception precede reality; and is reality made up of our thoughts?
Are there reasons for belief in God that atheists can at least respect?
What exactly is the essence of life, the very elixir of animated existence?
Give me three features that make alive things different from things that are not alive?
What philosophers do you recommend one should listen to on YouTube?
Can we tell whether human groups or societies are behaving as superorganisms?
An anthill can be described as a superorganism, with behaviours and interactions much more complex than those of an individual ant. We could find analogies between the superorganism and other... more
Theories of Everything as a hold over from monotheism?
In his book "A Tear at the Edge of Creation", physicist Mario Gleiser argues that results from cosmology and particle physics make it unlikely that we will ever find an elegant unified theory of... more
When is violence appropriate?
In what situations would violence be appropriate? The way I see it, the only excuse is **as a response** to violence (self-defense). Am I missing anything?
Can you prove anything in philosophy?
I don't understand philosophy very well, and so I am wondering whether you can "prove" anything in philosophy. It always seems you can go a layer down, and find another question, almost endlessly... more
Is there a way to understand material implication without truth-tables?
I understand how, given the truth-functional definition of the conditional, any sentence of the formIf P then Q is truth-functionally equivalent to Either not-P or QOr, to put it symbolically: P →... more
How big is the universe?
Nobody knows how big the universe is, but it is mind-bending to think of just how big it might be.
What did David Hume mean when he said that "reason is a slave to the passions"?
I don't understand the meaning of this oft-quoted quotation of Hume's in _On Reason_, namely his saying that "reason is a slave to the passions." What exactly does he mean by that ? Is it simply... more
Are the unexamined lives of others worth examining?
Socrates continually admonished his interlocutors to become more introspective, arguing passionately for self-examination: > The unexamined life is not worth living. But an examined life is... more
What is the difference between metaphysics and ontology?
I know that ontology is a sub-field of metaphysics. But I can't see the difference between them. I mean ontology is defined as "The study of being and existence", and metaphysics is defined as... more
How does one know one is not dreaming?
How does one know one is not dreaming? How could one logically demonstrate to a skeptic that one is "really" there, awake and not just dreaming the entire situation/world around him? Specifically... more
Translate the passage into TFL
Pam and Sam will see Us if and only if the theater opens at noon. The theater opens at noon if Sam won't see Us. Therefore, either Pam will see Us or she won'tIf Amanda wins the competition, then... more