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February 15

Philosophical term for analysing the assumptions behind a concept?

I think that it is often very fruitful to look at the assumptions behind a particular concept or the connotations that are tied to it and examine situations where these don't apply or even break. I'm already aware of the term Conceptual Analysis, but this seems to cover trying to create a definition that is consistent, simple and in line with our intuitions, as opposed to analysing assumptions without necessarily having a definition as the end goal. [more inside]
posted by casebash at 5:23 PM - 14 answers

February 1

In this AskMe: What’s the book I can’t remember???

This book, the title of which escapes me but not you, depicts the author’s experience living with the (I think!) Achuar peoples of the Amazon. The most striking part of his account was the way members of the tribe would share their dreams with one another upon waking. The subject of your dream was meant to inform your activity that day, or you would keep your eyes peeled for that symbol. I gave it away as a gift a few years back and would like to gift it again! Thank you!
posted by stinkfoot at 3:43 PM - 7 answers

January 27

Radical baptism greetings to you

What should I write in this card for a child's baptism? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 3:20 PM - 11 answers

January 26

Philosophical texts for helping me not hate people I don't know?

Lately, when I reflect on the state of the world, I am not-infrequently overcome with hatred toward the large number of people in my country whom I perceive to be ruining things with their bad voting decisions. I want to not feel this hatred. Can you recommend specific readings or systems of thought to help me replace this feeling with something else? (Nothing that appeals to religious belief please, as I have none of that.) Thanks!
posted by The Minotaur at 3:53 PM - 22 answers

January 25

Questions on Baptism

Welcoming a tiny human into the world in a few months. My questions have questions, but now a thoughtful gift from my Aunt has provoked even more. [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects at 11:03 AM - 31 answers

January 23

Creation myth or SF story where a child is the creator.

I seem to remember a story where the beginning of the universe or life on earth is caused by a child playing with toys/building blocks of life. [more inside]
posted by Kosmob0t at 2:23 PM - 3 answers

January 20

Societies where the wealthy would burn their belongings

I seem to have read somewhere about a historical culture (other than silicon valley) where the wealthy would get together at parties and burn their belongings to show how powerful they were. Can you help me find historical examples of this sort of ostentation? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 6:32 AM - 12 answers

January 12

What kind of kippah is this?

My dad got me a kippah in Israel. It's loosely hand-crocheted [photo here]. I've seen modern orthodox and conservative Jews wear ones that are tightly knit, but not one like this. Who would normally wear this style?
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 10:39 PM - 15 answers

January 7

Indo-Iranian Religion

Are there any texts written by pre-zoroastrian Iranians (or however you want to label the ancient culture of the time? Or if not, what are the best reading materials detailing most specifically the religious landscape of the area where Zoroaster lived before his time? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 7:33 AM - 7 answers

January 4

Simple life, Quaker life?

What are some sources of inspiration for living a simple life (more in the Quaker sense of simplicity?) Writing, movies, blogs, podcasts, etc. that take a more philosophical/spiritual approach, are compatible with (small) city life, and avoid bootstrapping Thoreau-ish rhetoric (which also shows up in Minimalism stuff) are appreciated! [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 9:37 AM - 14 answers

December 27, 2017

Things that ground us, things that lift us

What are the external props, prompts, and practices that remind you to be mindful and return to center when life’s little details overshadow your intention? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:40 AM - 19 answers

December 17, 2017

What Philosophy to read for a former student long out of the field

What are all the cool philosophers reading nowadays? [more inside]
posted by JimInLoganSquare at 10:12 PM - 12 answers

December 15, 2017

Quotes about agnosticism/atheism by way of science and nature

Looking for quotes, lines of poetry, paragraphs, etc. about agnosticism/atheism along the lines of Douglas Adams' "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?" and Dana Scully's "Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it." [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 7:17 AM - 8 answers

December 12, 2017

What is meant by embodied cognition and what is its importance?

I've seen the word embodied cognition thrown around a lot like some kind of buzz word. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to ever get clearly defined or when it does get defined it isn't clear why it is important. Clearly, our brain is in our body and things such as alcohol/drug consumption, energy levels, brain damage and the amount of adrenaline in our bodies affect how we think. So why do we have this fancy term? Is there more to this than meets the eye or is just a pretentious way of stating the obvious?
posted by casebash at 10:25 PM - 9 answers

Philsophy of Science - retreading in science, what is it called?

Hello, I am looking for a word and/or papers about the notion of retreading already visited ground in the history of science. An example would be the flat Earth theory: through the scientific enterprise, the ancients knew the Earth was round, but for various reasons the idea of the flat Earth resurfaced in the middle ages, and was again debunked through scientific investigation. . . only to be revived more recently. [more inside]
posted by os tuberoes at 3:02 AM - 7 answers

December 8, 2017

Theological Agreement - Church v Potential Parishioner

My beliefs are still evolving, there is no one denomination whose theology or doctrines I agree with 100%, and I'm not sure how heavily to weigh factors other than theology, either. How do I choose? How much do you have to agree with a church's theology and/or doctrine in order to legitimately be a part of it? [more inside]
posted by static sock at 9:15 AM - 22 answers

December 5, 2017

Please recommend me some philosophy books based on what I've read so far

So I've read a few philosophy books but have run out of ideas as to what to read next. So far I've read Darryl Reanney: The death of forever, music of the mind, after death (and more continued inside). [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 9:08 AM - 2 answers

December 4, 2017

Wait: what are the rules around rabbis?

I'm meeting with a traditional rabbi in a business context. His secretary was gracious enough to warn me that he does not shake hands with people of the opposite sex that aren't his wife. Is there anything else I should know as to not offend? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 12:06 PM - 15 answers

November 28, 2017

Buddhism for Buddhists

Looking for easy to read but scholarly books or articles on Buddhism and Buddhist theory. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 9:24 AM - 7 answers

November 27, 2017

Help me understand Bible stories

Help me find summaries of the important stories and their meanings. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 5:58 PM - 14 answers

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