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Paraphrases in the modern dialect of the language of the original

User 'ChristopherE' has my eternal, infinite thanks for (supernally) generously and helpfully introducing the Early Modern Texts site developed by Philosopher Jonathan Bennett. So I thought to ...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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Is everyone seeing how often I click on my own questions?

Is everyone else, other standard users of the site I mean, seeing how often I click on my own questions? Do those views show up, on the view count, for other (standard users of the site)? These views ...
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Please consider leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people!

Please leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people! Assume the person wants to learn if they keep asking questions Assume the person can learn if they are not banned due to ...
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How can I fit this question about class into the site remit?

Is there anything analogous to the withdrawal of labour in a mass strike, on the internet? Obviously, Marxists talk about the internet. And e,g. this paper I haven't read (I lack library access) on ...
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I created a chat room : Epistemology

The intention of the room is to fit there any question that would not fit the Q/A of the site regarding, in particular, to epistemology.
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Questions about the profession of Philosophy

The guidelines for questions in the Philosophy Stack Exchange clearly state that the questions must be directly to do with Philosophy. On one interpretation, this states that the questions must be ...
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What is an on topic question?

I just wondered what is on topic on philosophy.stackexchange I've had quite a few questions closed etc. for this very reason, so obviously it's not clear what it amounts to, as I'm not here to annoy ...
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Are a lot of people deleting their own accounts, are are we banning them

About every other week I see negative points against some old question of mine because someone's account has been deleted. This makes me kind of worry about what is going on. What are the reasons ...
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Are moderators etc. focusing on trying to get better questions, when they should be focusing on getting better answers?

Are moderators etc. focusing on trying to get better questions, when they should be focusing on getting better answers? Seems to me that'd be a misallocation of resources. I believe virmaior was the ...
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2017 Community Moderator Election

The 2017 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question?

Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question? e.g. If Christian ethics are poison to Nietzsche's higher types -- what about conventional aesthetics? seems not to be ...
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Can I help with the commuity wiki?

Can I help with the commuity wiki? Should I? I think what does X mean for Y questions would be a great addition, for philosophy.stackexchange E.g.: What is "intuition" for Kant?
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How does the 'bumped to the homepage' algorithm work?

Occasionally I see the a question marked: bumped to the homepage by Community♦ 20 hours ago This question has answers that may be good or bad; the system has marked it active so that they can be ...
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Where does this belong to 'flaws in my mantra'?

I wanted to ask a question to detect flaws in a mantra. But I am not entirely sure wether this(mainsite) is the place to ask it. To be conrete, the mantra would be: 'Consume only things that you can ...
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2016 Community Moderator Election

The 2016 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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The better the question, the worse the votes [halp]?

The clearer I phrase my question, the worse are the votes. Why?
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Recent edits to Questions asked long ago cause problems

I got a downvote recently on my answer to this question which was asked in 2011. I replied in late 2015 and someone edited the question down to one line a couple weeks later. What's up with that? If ...
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If a Christmas question is aware of itself, would it be ethical close it on Philsophy meta on Christmas?

If a question was written to wish "Merry Christmas to all" on Philosophy meta, but was aware of its own existence and its ability to "die" if closed, would it be ethical to downvote it or close it? ...
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Should chat be distinguished from discussion?

Chat is people hanging around in a room. Discussion is what is prompted by a question. However they're turfed into chat. If the points discussed are worthwhile it seems worth keeping them tied with ...
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Is the philosophy stack exchange obligated to feed the refugee academic with no access to libraries

I have met some academics who are refugees on temporary protection visas in Australia. They are not allowed to work or study and have a great need to keep relevant and up to date in thier fields of ...
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I [paused] a question and don't know how to “fix” it. What's good etiquette in this situation?

I asked a question here, but later felt that the question was imprecise and needed revision. So, I labelled it [paused] and wrote the following message at the top of the page. This question needs a ...
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Definition and Scope

Definition and Scope Indicate research and reflection. Without recourse to another thinker or text, I need more explanation that the concern is topical. Context matters a student of philosophy can ...
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How's this stackexchange doing in terms of usage and audience?

Aside from the more detailed self-evaluations, there are some interesting stats on the usage of philo.sx out there. Here's the Qantcast data about philosophy.stackexchange.com. Please note: It seems ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 speculative questions allowed, such as what Marx would think about something that hadn't happened yet?

Are speculative questions allowed, such as what Marx would think about something that hadn't happened yet? What do Marxists make of contemporary technophobia?
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Should we vote down on answers that misunderstand the question?

Should we vote down on answers that misunderstand the question? What does 'require' mean in this statement of Danto's view on (institutional) art? is why I ask. Though it's been since ...
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What does « answering a question » mean?

Since StackExchange is about asking and answering questions, I came up with this problem : what is the criterion of a valid answer ? I suppose it is a matter of the type of question you are asking, i....
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Why wasn't Complete List of Fallacies turned into a wiki?

Why not make Complete list of logical fallacies a Wiki or big list, rather than closing it?
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Is there a way to see statistics on this site's usage?

After a recent question about Reddit, I was wondering whether we have current data to site statistics such as the one linked to in this answer from Joseph Weissman to an old question about promoting ...
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Student assignments

I believe that blatant student-assignment questions like this one should be closed, but I don't think that any of the current reasons for closing apply clearly to this case. How is this situation ...
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Help create a Greek SE!

Ancient Greek is germane to Philosophy.
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Acceptable to Promote Are51 Proposal on Meta?

Is it acceptable to promote a related Area51 proposal on the meta here? The proposal is for a sociology/anthropology page
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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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General Philosophy StackExchange Questions

I study computer science and intend to work in that, so I'm more frequently on anything closely related to StackOverflow, which might be more core to StackExchange than this particular area of the ...
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Is there anything up with users asking a lot of questions?

Is there anything up with users asking a lot of questions? What about questions that go unanswered? Is this bad stackiquette?
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Want to ask a question about Creationism and Evolution

What are the rational objections raised against Creationism? Creationism is the belief that the universe was created in six days as some interpret is stated in the Bible. I have been following the ...
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How does Kant's view apply to military intervention in the affairs of another state?

Need to frame this question, proceeding from the meta question here. Is this question ready for asking on the Real Philosophy stackex (not meta?) I have briefly read through and viewed some ...
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I asked this question in Politics, is it acceptable to ask it here?

This question seems to be directly related to Kant morality. Is there anything I need to change in the question to ask it in Philosophy? https://politics.stackexchange.com/questions/14091/in-the-...
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What's a good place to pose an open-ended philosophical question?

I know on StackExchange in general they prefer specific questions that can be answered with direct answers, thus I was wondering is there somewhere in the Philosophy StackExchange where I could ask an ...
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How do I place a picture in a post?

What is the syntax for placing a picture in a post? Presumably I would need a link to picture; say its on Wikipedia - how would I discover this...I appreciate though, this bit is not SE specific.