List of unsolved problems in philosophy
This is a list of some of the major unsolved problems in philosophy. Clearly, unsolved philosophical problems exist in the lay sense (e.g. "What is the meaning of life?", "Where did we come from?", "W...
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Do impulsive people have less free will?
Before you consciously became aware of your decision to read this article, your brain was already making the necessary preparations to click the link. There are a few crucial milliseconds between the ...
There's More to Life Than Being Happy
In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, whe...
Penn Jillette's amazing rant about the religious belief paradox
In this (profane) installment of Penn Jillette's Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election, the Penn and Teller illusionist (and outspoken atheist) shoots straight to the heart of the religious belief para...
30 Albert Einstein Quotes That Will Open Your Mind
Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who had a huge impact on science after developing his theory of general relativity and special relativity.  After winning the Nobel Prize in 1921, Einstein...
Paradox
It's Paradox Week on Rocketboom. Today, Molly explains the ontological paradox. Ontological Paradox http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontological_paradox For more...
Essentialism
Essentialism is the view that, for any specific entity (such as an animal, a group of people, a physical object, a concept), there is a set of attributes which are necessary to its identity and functi...
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Gettier problem
The Gettier problem is a philosophical question about whether a piece of information that happens to be true but that someone believes for invalid reasons, such as a faulty premise, counts as knowled...
Molyneux's Problem
Molyneux's problem is a thought experiment in philosophy concerning immediate recovery from blindness.It was first formulated by William Molyneux, and notably referenced in John Locke's An Essay Conce...
Distinguishing blue from green in language
Many languages do not distinguish between what in English is described as "blue" and "green", respectively. They instead use a cover term spanning both. When the issue is discussed in linguistics, thi...
Moral luck
Moral luck describes circumstances whereby a moral agent is assigned moral blame or praise for an action or its consequences even if it is clear that said agent did not have full control over either t...
Moore's paradox
Moore's paradox concerns the apparent absurdity involved in asserting a first-person present-tense sentence such as, "It's raining, but I don't believe that it is raining" or "It's raining but I belie...
Mathematical structure
In mathematics, a structure on a set, or more generally a type, consists of additional mathematical objects that, in some manner, attach (or relate) to the set, making it easier to visualize or work w...
Sorites paradox
The sorites paradox (/soʊˈraɪtiːz/; sometimes translated as the paradox of the heap because in Ancient Greek: σωρίτης sōritēs means "heap") is a paradox that arises from vague predicates. A typic...
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Counterfactual conditional
A counterfactual conditional abbreviated CF, is a subjunctive conditional containing an if-clause which is contrary to fact.
The difference between indicative and counterfactual conditionals, in a...
Material conditional
The material conditional (also known as "material implication", "material consequence", or simply "implication", "implies" or "conditional") is a logical connective (or a binary operator) that is ofte...
Problem of induction
The problem of induction is the philosophical question of whether inductive reasoning leads to knowledge understood in the classic philosophical sense, since it focuses on the lack of justification fo...
Demarcation problem
The demarcation problem in the philosophy of science is about how to distinguish between science and nonscience, including between science, pseudoscience, other activities, and beliefs. The debate con...
Dilemma
A dilemma (Greek: δίλημμα "double proposition") is a problem offering two possibilities, neither of which is practically acceptable. One in this position has been traditionally described as "being on ...
Paradox
A paradox is a statement that apparently contradicts itself and yet might be true. Some logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking.Some p...
Problem of evil
In the philosophy of religion, the problem of evil is the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a deity who is, in either absolute or relative terms, omnipotent, omniscient, ...
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Strategic essentialism
Strategic essentialism, a major concept in postcolonial theory, was introduced in the 1980s by the Indian literary critic and theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. It refers to a strategy that national...
All horses are the same color
The horse paradox is a falsidical paradox that arises from flawed demonstrations, which purport to use mathematical induction, of the statement All horses are the same color. There is no actual contr...
Do impulsive people have less free will?
Before you consciously became aware of your decision to read this article, your brain was already making the necessary preparations to click the link. There are a few crucial milliseconds between the ...
There's More to Life Than Being Happy
In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, whe...
Parapsychology
Parapsychology is a field of study concerned with the investigation of paranormal and psychic phenomena. Parapsychologists study telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experi...
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Physical determinism
Physical determinism generally refers to the assertion of a deterministic physical universe (greater physical system). This holds that a complete description of the physical state of the world at any ...
Competing goods
The balance of Competing goods is a philosophical problem involving the acknowledgement of multiple social values that may at times conflict with one another.The 20th-century philosopher Martha Nussba...
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