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Would “Wherefore does the universe exist?” be an acceptable question for stack philosophy?

The question Wherefore does the universe exist? Is about metaphysics - the nature of being and reality And I would evaluate it on the following constructive questions criteria as: inspire answers ...
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Deletion Of Posts Concerning Epoché And Trance In Phenomenology

Recently I learned about the deletion of my posts that I submitted about an year ago. To me it meant loss of knowledge that the answers and comments provided. What are the reasons for deletion of ...
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Why's HLA Hart “unhappy” about “objective” and “subjective”?

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/q/73330 got deleted before I can reply to Joseph Weissman♦'s comment? I was wondering if you might be able to clarify this a little: are you looking for an ...
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How to draw a truth table on Stack Exchange?

I need to draw/input tables, such as truth tables in order to ask and answer questions about logic. Can someone please instruct me on how to make a truth table on this site. My goal is to make a truth ...
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low-quality answers

I get that answering on Philosophy SE doesn't require a degree, but shouldn't the answers be at least slightly academic? I won't link the question here because it could be considered a conflict of ...
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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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Is there a “philosophy overflow” website?

There is math stack exchange, and there is also mathoverflow, which is for more advanced math questions. And although it is not on the stack exchange family of websites, there is also a ...
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How to get clarity on the reason for question closure so that question can be improved?

How can I find out why a question was closed so as to improve the question? I just had a question closed here. The reason given is that it "needs more focus." At the bottom I reproduce what ...
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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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After I asked this question I was blocked from asking questions

What is there about this question that is so bad that I should be blocked from asking questions? Is Haskell Curry's unconventional way of defining True(x) incorrect?
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Is it Okay to Say Goodbye?

Before asking a question to justify this post I'd like to take the opportunity to mention that I'm leaving and thank everybody for the interesting discussions. I didn't want to just walk away. For me ...
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Why would this answer be voted down?

Two dogmas of empiricism - logical vs analytic truths... is there really a distinction?
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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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https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/70435/what-is-a-both-sufficient-and-necessary-condition-for-not-treating-people-merely

I am trying to understand why the now editted question is still off-topic. I am looking for a necessary and sufficient condition to classify some/any arbitrary treatment as a treatment merely as a ...
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How do we know the intent of a question asked?

I have seen this Question asked here: Why are you on the internet while you could be outside enjoying the weather It is closed as being of Topic. Most likely this is due to the notion of the ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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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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As requested: how can I improve this question?

Is dying in a simulation like dying? How can I improve this question and get it reopened? If no-one can be bothered reopening the question then I'm just done, and won't be back: the site serves no ...
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A plea for tolerance

I have generated over 10,000 reputation here, but accidentally deleted my account. Also, certain users seem to have it in for me / get a bit excited about down voting. Can whoever routinely downvotes ...
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What’s up with this cargo cult style of answers?

I mean phrasing your answer in a weird pseudo-neutral, pseudo-detached, cumbersome and guarded way … also pondering and avuncular … this faux “academic overview” style. (Of course I don’t mean backing ...
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Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book?

Can't we just accept that there are philosophical questions that people ask that aren't from reading a book? As it stands these questions are either closed or trend. Is there no middle ground?
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Why am I not allowed to ask for clarification?

Why do you have a meta site if you don't allow people to ask questions?
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Is this question too much about life?

There seems to be a tension between having moral beliefs, real knowledge or not, and how people who don't share in them are more likely to get what they want. This in turn undermines my belief in the ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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Fess up if the same person is downvoting so many of my questions

Fess up if the same person is down-voting so many of my questions. Thanks. I very rarely get coherent comments explaining down-votes.
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When do we need to clairify terms?

I've received 3 negative votes on this question, and no comments that aren't nonsense Can missing times concretely exist? Am I meant to define every term I use which anyone at all could struggle ...
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Why was this closed?

How do you motivate morally that children should support themselves when they reach adulthood? Here are few similar questions where people ask for a moral or ethical evaluation of different ...
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How can I improve my question?

I'm new to philosophy stackexchange. So I'm confused as to what is acceptable. May I know how to improve this question? (It's getting downvoted) Locality in quantum gravity? Edit: The question has ...
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Is my question problematic? If so, why?

The following was commented on my post: Please be aware that questions are subject to editing and closure, and that reflects the site's policies on acceptable questions and NOT a personal ...
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Are we getting worse questions since the rep changes?

The front page of question scores for me reads 0 -1 0 0 1 0 bump -1 0 0 So we're in negative figures for the past few questions. Are we getting worse questions since the rep changes? Why?
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How can I best ask ontological engineering questions?

I try to bring up things such as the incoherence of trying to construct the notion of a set containing itself from the perspective of ontological engineering and get voted down on a non-ontological ...
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How is this question opinion based

Is any philosopher in particular associated with there being no conception of change without one of stasis, and vice versa? Is the answer just "no-one"?
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How to reconcile that physicists and science educators use the word “theory” incompatibly?

How to reconcile that physicists and science educators use the word "theory" incompatibly? "This question may already have an answer here: Is there an alternative to the scientific ...
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How is this question off-topic?

I know this question will get down-voted to the underworld, as many often mistake my confusion and want to learn for arrogance. I am not saying my question was unrightfully put on hold, I'm simply ...
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Fake users with fake questions?

It seems to me that this site is "infested" by "one-shot" users that ask questions about logic : very trivial, without any ref to textbook or similar, without context, without any interesting issue ...
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Does anyone else find that using stackexchange generates lots of superficial questions in their own imagination?

Does anyone else find that using stackexchange generates lots of superficial questions in their own imagination? I should leave for good, so good luck :-) Apologies if everyone hated these accounts :...
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Is this site dying?

OK so the title is obviously way too serious, but hear me out. I've joined Phil.SE about 2 years ago, and had a whole lot of fun learning philosophy through it, with some very well-educated and fun ...
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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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I will be leaving as a moderator

I will be leaving as a moderator as soon as SE-the-company reacts to my request. The immediate reason for this decision is a network-wide discussion; see this MSE thread for context. But for several ...
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Translation between philosophy and physics?

So do not have a philosophy degree however I am trained for physics. I am quite interested in the stands philosophy takes given the degree of freedom in physics. However, I feel in this case ...
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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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How far should questions change from original

This : question Originally it was about the difference between eastern and western thought. That got closed as too broad but after a few brief answers. Then it was changed to "Can philosophy ...
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Is this a suitable question (about wikipedia)

I did struggle to understand wikipedia articles in general when I first encountered it. These days I believe I can spot many of its confusions and errors. But whenever I see logical or mathematical ...
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Is revenge voting against the rules or just unhelpful?

Is revenge voting against the rules or just unhelpful? I suspect I am e.g. here. It's fine, I'm not pushing for a ban, at all. It's just that I've put a lot of time into the site, and have put up ...
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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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Why was this question about logic migrated to the mathematics SE?

I am puzzled why this question tagged with 'logic' was migrated to the mathematics stack exchange: https://math.stackexchange.com/q/3345150/312852 The question was about arguments in natural language ...
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Am I misusing (this) stackexchange

I'm not really asking questions that I can't find the answer for. Instead, I'm asking questions to clarify what I am asking, testing the water to see if they're coherent, and also perhaps doing the ...
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Can we be as even handed and quick at reopening questions as we are at closing them?

Can we be as even handed and quick at reopening questions as we are at closing them? I think that would sort out a vast amount of umbrage about high rep users.
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Are “how do I begin with XYZ” questions on topic here?

Are "how do I begin with XYZ" questions on topic here? They have appeared before, but I'm not sure they're really suitable.

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