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What makes this question about sexuality and social determinants of gender about philosophy?

See Is the notion that queer identities and sexuality are innate incompatible with the view that genders are socially molded? This seems like a science question question to me (perhaps biology, ...
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Why was this question about logic deleted?

This question was deleted by a moderator (which prevents voting to undelete, hence we have to talk about it here instead). The question is all about logic, which is listed in the help center as a ...
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If interpreting Conifold is on-topic, should interpreting GPT-4 also be on-topic?

Not much to add to the title. This question is on-topic: How, in layman's terms, should this Conifold argument against illusionism be interpreted? But my recently asked question is getting close ...
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Can question X be on-topic, question Y be off-topic, and X be closed as a duplicate of Y?

I asked two questions X and Y, namely: X: Does Intelligent Design fulfill the necessary criteria to be recognized as a scientific theory? Y: What are philosophical arguments for the position that ...
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Why does it seem that the philosophy of Atheism is the sieve by which all questions must be filtered?

The Philosophy SE site allows users to make egregious and outlandish statements about Theism (and Christianity) and allows proponents of Atheistic philosophies (Atheism. Naturalism, Secularism, etc.) ...
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“Who is more at fault, the one who started it or the one who did the most damage?”: Is this on-topic?

I would like to ask a question along the lines of “Who is more at fault, the one who started it or the one who did the most damage?” I would like to know if this is considered within the scope of this ...
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Is the question on why Incest is immoral and illegal on-topic?

In Why do we prohibit incestual relationships? I was downvoted for the question and told to ask in an Anthropology SE site and not a Philosophy one. I have seen no issue when reading the help pages. ...
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Are "pop philosophy" questions on topic?

E.g. there was a recent question here on what it means to "be yourself", which is a buzzword in many self-help books and in some popular-culture contexts (and slightly more seriously in some ...
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Why close/delete questions about simulations?

Recently today two questions about simulations that I worked on were closed/deleted. Is this just a coincidence or is somebody going around removing questions about simulations because they disagree ...
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Are questions about religious constructions on topic?

I was recently wondering about the possible philosophical thought journey that led religious scholars to create some religious concepts (such as Heaven). I am not interested in the religious part of ...
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Are quote identifications on-topic?

In particular, is the below question on-topic? The quote "Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth" has been attributed to Albert Camus in various places on the ...
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Are questions about educational tools relating to philosophy on-topic?

I'm given this note of the page Autonomy in Moral and Political Philosophy from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I would like to know how to access it from the main page. Is this kind of question ...
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Would a question such as this about moral choices made by elected politicians be on-topic and potentially answered here?

In Politics SE I'd posted the reference-request, political-theory and political-science tagged question Writings advising elected politicians on how to make hard choices which dropped to -4 votes ...
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Friends, Are We Philosophers and What is the Purpose of This Site?

Is this site for philosophical questions or questions about philosophy? I asked a philosophical question (what is an author) and it got closed, since it was “off topic”. I thought the site was for ...
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Why should Fitch style logic questions be off-topic?

I've noticed a lot of questions about Fitch style logic getting off-topic close votes. But I couldn't see this decision that they're off-topic in Meta. A couple of examples: fitch proof chapter 13 (...
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What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted?

What can I do in my specific case to show my positive contribution to the site to get my question ban lifted? I just asked this question several different ways on the SE meta site and the answer ...
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Asking a brand new question that has never been answered before counts as a bad question?

Is Haskell Curry's unconventional way of defining True(x) incorrect? Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Update the question so it can be answered with ...
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Is it possible to express an argument and ask for feedback on that argument or would that be "primarily opinion-based"?

Is it possible to express an argument and ask for feedback on that argument or would that be "primarily opinion-based"? If such questions are not allowed, can someone recommend another venue for ...
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Is this formal logic topic more appropriate at math.stackexchange?

There are a number of questions on this site of the form, "How do I prove X in Y deduction system?" (especially Fitch). While this is a topic which arises (for good reason) in many philosophy classes ...
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Would this question on karma and rape from Hinduism SE be accepted on this site?

A user asked this question on karma and rape on Hinduism SE but it was heavily downvoted by users, then closed and deleted. Users there argued that such questions justify rape. I on the other hand ...
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On which stack exchange site should I ask this question?

Where should I ask Language and Sociology?
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Is Philosophy SE being trolled, and why exactly aren't these questions closed?

So I went onto Philosophy SE main looking for good substantive questions, and Instead I find: Is Gravity The Fundamental force? The question seems like an obvious joke, so I said, and scrolled down....
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Defference of a Biology/Taxonomy question to Philosophy

What are the sufficient criteria that make an entity a living homo sapiens? [on hold] It is sadly common to see OPs not really understanding that terms definition is a question of philosophy. Unless ...
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Are questions about philosophy education on-topic?

We have many questions on the main site on the philosophy of education - pedagogical imperatives, ethics of student discipline, etc. These are fundamentally philosophical questions that happen to be ...
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Do we do peer reviews here?

In light of this meta-question: Do the people that closed this post totally understand the subject matter of formal proofs of mathematical logic? I think it might be a good idea to spell out our ...
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Is learning an issue here?

I found this, which doesn't apply to learning philosophy imo "Stack Exchange is about questions with objective, factual answers" It's objective and (sometimes) factual to quote people. It's just not ...
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Is free speculation, original thinking, and involved discussion disallowed on this philosophy site?

I've been informed that I've been laboring under a mistaken presumption about what people think they're doing here. I thought that it's a site for thinking about and discussing philosophy, but I've ...
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Are questions about logical arguments in cognitive therapy on-topic?

The question How to disprove a social anxiety fear? is closed on Psychology SE because it is about the behavior of an individual. However, reading that question I feel that it is fine to call it a ...
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Are philosophical questions about non-academic literature on topic?

Prompted by: What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality? No subject matter can be said to be the exclusive purview of its own academic domain. ...
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Aren't non-religious posts about God's epistemology on topic?

Placing this post on hold seems inconsistent with guidance provided in Philosophy Meta (examples: here and here) as well as other posts relating to God and epistemology which are not getting closed (...
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Questions when one has done a LOT of reading and thinking already

I am looking for posting advice. Phil SE encourages quesitioners to do a lot of reading beforehand, and post the reading they have done, when asking or assistance in answering a question. Now, I ...
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Can we ask about best translations or critical/scholarly editions here?

I'm often at a loss as to which translation of a text I should read, if I haven't been specifically recommended an edition by a professor. For instance these two questions of mine hinged on bad/...
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Can we please have a "Why do things matter?"/"What is the meaning of life?" question?

So, I ask myself the question: "What is the meaning of life?" Since I've been on SE for a few days, even before joining the philosophy branch I'm fully aware that this is a bad subjective question. ...
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Sin-and-guilt preaching...

Newbie (on Philosophy) here. I’ve been reading questions to get a feel for how this site works. I notice there’s at least one user who seems to take every opportunity to strongly preach a Christian ...
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Are questions about the nature, scope, and limits of academia reasonable on Philosophy.SE?

For instance, I would consider the question "can people still be world class scholars in more than one field" a valid question, essentially falling into "philosophy of academics."
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Is the Philosophy SE a reasonable place to ask about research methods?

I have been trying to find a good fit for a question about meta-analyses. The validity of general scientific research methods seems to be either a question suited for "academia" though apparently that ...
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What are the rules of this site on definitions?

What are the rules of the site on definitions? I asked a question on how four terms are different, and it was swiftly closed, despite having enough context to make sense. There's probably hundreds ...
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What's the difference between "ask/answer philosophical questions" and "do philosophy"?

I've been told that "this site is not a site for doing philosophy. It’s a stack exchange site for answering questions about philosophy." I just can't see any difference between asking/answering ...
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Could we have a silly season - again?

Last Summer, the idea was floated around that we have a silly season, were people could ask fun or humorous questions? Can we try that this year?
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Quesitoning if an action is ethical is offtopic?

Thread in question Are Laws crafted around personal/individual beliefs ethical? I had made edits prior to the On-Hold notice broadening the range of the question on ethics form being about a single ...
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Can I ask about philosophy similar to my ideas?

I have some ideas about how to describe what is commonly called "physical reality". I tend to think that these ideas are not something novel, but I am not quite sure. If I write (one or more) blog ...
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Why was the question about Socrates' possible influence on Jesus closed?

I'm having trouble understanding why Did Jesus try to copy Socrates? got closed. I read it as a question about the influence of a philosopher on 'something else' (and that 'something else' is ...
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Is the use of the word "philosophy" a topic for philosophy SE?

The present question has been inspired by a question in philosophy SE which has been put on hold as off topic, to my surprise. My question is however general in character, and does not pertain to one ...
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Why the definition of life isn't a question of philosophy?

I wrote a question asking what is the definition of life about 2-3 weeks ago. It got first put on a hold, I pledged it's a legitimate question but nobody heard me and it eventually got deleted. The ...
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Do we accept answers based on sacred texts (on theological questions)?

Lately there have been some flags on answers citing sacred texts to theological questions. Examples include this and this, but it is not restricted to western religions (this for instance). At first, ...
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Migrating from another stack

There's a question that has been bouncing between Puzzling.SE and Worldbuilding.SE lately. I think it would be a good candidate for inclusion on this stack instead. Do you have thoughts about its ...
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Are questions on reasoning & argumentation on-topic here?

For example, I believe that the particular passage from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers contains faulty reasoning (obviously I might be wrong): The striking thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and ...
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Should we have a Silly Season?

Summer is a slow season for us. School is out; people are taking vacations, or doing retreats or sabbaticals... I also think our audience may skew a little younger over summer. We catch a lot of ...
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Asking a series of questions to create an online resource

I am beginning to read 'Being and Nothingness' by Sartre and I am relatively new to philosophy and the text is obviously difficult. I was wondering if it is permitted on this site for me to ask ...
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Questions about philosophy of physics

This question Is the unobserved universe quantum mechanical? was closed as off-topic with the rationale in the comments that it is more about physics than philosophy. There were comments in the thread ...
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