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Overlapping Questions

Certain logical questions belong as well in Philosophy Stack Exchange as they do in Mathematics Stack Exchange. For example this question and this question both fall within the purview of both ...
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New to Philosophy and learning how to ask good questions

I've asked a few questions recently and am posting the ones with no upvotes and some query in the comments under them about whether they are on topic. I know it's not usual to post and dissect ...
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Should I delete my question?

So, I asked about psychics and auras. I figured it fit right in with the on-topic stuff about applied philosophy, specifically as applied argumentation, or at the very least, in the etcetera category. ...
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what about a debating stackexchange?

I would love a debating site from stackexchange. If there is one already can you point it out? That would be very addicting. A site that has subcategories, like debate philosophy, debate history, ...
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Are questions of the following form appropriate?

Consider a question of the following form. I have an idea about XXX... ---Description of Idea--- Can you spot anything incoherent, illogical, or especially problematic about this idea? ...
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Is Atheism/Agnosticism (proposal) on topic in Philoshophy (here)?

There is a proposal in Area 51 to create an Atheism/Agnosticism site that is going through the final checks to move forward in Area 51. Regardless of what you feel (this is important) about the ...
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Would this philosophy-of-science question be on-topic on Philosophy.SE?

A questions on Physics SE just got closed as off-topic for being a philosophy question: Is the idea of dividing the universe into particles anything more than an untrue convenience? Would this ...
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Is Buddhism on-topic here?

Corresponding to the question concerning atheism/agnosticism: Do we consider practical questions on Buddhism like this one on-topic here? I don't mean to ban every question on Buddhism, many of ...
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Where lies the distinction between “whatenever I am thinking about” and “proper” philosophy?

In the comments of a question I asked on veganism, there was some discussion on whether my question was philosophical. User Rex Kerr wrote in a comment: Well, I know that there are philosophers who ...
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Are questions that are “just” about Christianity on-topic?

I have migrated this question to Christianity.SE where it has (already!) been edited into shape and has received several upvotes, which I think is a better fate than it would likely have received on ...
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Can I ask question about work politics and problems [closed]

I am having some problems at work regarding habits, short temper and patterns which is effecting my work progress and want to discuss/find out a way to get out of this mental state and wonder if I can ...
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Should we restrict this site to academic questions only, or target a more casual audience?

One of the issues that other Stack Exchange sites (such as Mathematics and Computer Science) have faced in defining the scope of their site is whether to allow questions from the casual reader/...
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Are questions concerning movies accepted?

Is it acceptable to open questions, perhaps community wiki-big list, such as asking for movies dealing with genre? To cite an example: I am unsure as to ask the question: What movies depict Cartesian ...
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What is considered off topic?

What is one domain or example question that you consider to be off topic? (Please post just one per answer.) Return to FAQ index
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Why closing questions which could be answered differently but still correct

I saw this question an wondered why it was closed as the reason: closed as not a real question by Michael Dorfman, stoicfury♦ yesterday It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This ...
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How can I improve this question: “Could I, by determining my ”powers“ of creation, determine on the nature of my creator”?

i tried finding references to an idea (just because i'm thinking i am not the first one to have this kind of idea) and got shut down. here is the post's link and a private discussion here so my ...
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Why was 'What is the maximum possible pain in the universe?' closed?

Please tell me why my question was closed: https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/1359/what-is-the-maximum-possible-pain-in-the-universe It is obvious that the question is completely ...
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Are questions regarding the personal history of philosophers allowed?

Often times, to better understand a philosopher's position, it helps to understand their circumstances. To what extent is it acceptable to ask about the history of philosphers? For example, I know ...
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Are questions about literature on-topic?

The community was recently asked an interesting question about the meaning of a line from Joyce. Is this question on topic? How about questions on literature in general? So more generally, do we ...
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How should questions expecting truth values be handled?

One of the early questions on this site asked whether humans have souls: Do humans have souls? I lean towards Dan Dennett's views on souls in which humans don't have a soul that lasts forever. It ...
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NOT READY FOR PUBLIC BETA — What is this site about?

We decided to keep the Philosophy Stack Exchange in PRIVATE beta a bit longer until we can get a clear statement (and enforcement) of one major issue: What is this site about? In particular, there ...
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Can I ask questions about political ideologies and forms of governments?

Are questions about political ideologies and forms of government considered on-topic for Philosophy.SE?
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Are confirmation of analysis questions desirable?

I have a major essay coming up in my philosophy class, and our teacher has asked us to consider what we want to write about before we actually get the details of the assignment. The general idea, he ...
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Should religious discussions or those about God be allowed on Philosophy?

It seems that many people are trying to close my question (What is good and what is evil?) that makes explicit mention of God. For example, one of the commenters says: I think this question is ...
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Do questions have to be answerable?

If one were to post a thought-provoking question which there might not be an answer to, other than "there is no answer and could never be and here's why", should this question be seen as off-topic? I'...
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What is the difference between variants of understanding of a term and variants of its manifestation in reality? (On-topic?)

Since it's read in FAQ that this QA is about logical reasoning, I'd like to hear your opinion how the following question fits this QA. In a nutshell, the question is: What is the difference ...
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Is this question accetable? “Experiments in cognitive science every philosopher of the mind should know.”

Right, so my previous question on cognitive science experiments garnered something of a mixed reception, and the question I have in mind may be even more controversial still, as it is directly asking ...
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Is this site appropriate for questions about the current state of the human condition?

Are questions like: "What is the state of monogomy in western culture?" or "What is the current culturally normal image of a man or woman?" appropriate for this site. Are these questions too social ...
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Are experimental questions with a strong bearing on philosophy acceptable?

I posted this question on the main site yesterday and (although this is likely in part because it has had a grand total of 20 views in that time) it has lingered on 0 votes, having been neither up or ...
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'Where do I start…' Questions. Should we encourage them?

It seems to me there are a lot of 'Where do I start if I'm interested in X?' or 'What authors should I read if I want to get into Y?' questions. For example: Where can I start to learn about the ...
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Thoughts for our moderation policy?

What are your thoughts for a serious moderation policy for this site? In particular, what questions would you like answered at the meeting?

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