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What Philosophers Believe

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Yerda, May 20, 2022.

  1. Yerda

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    Results from the 2020 PhilPapers Survey

    What Philosophers Believe: Results from the 2020 PhilPapers Survey | Daily Nous

    Somebody surveyed 1800 of the world's academic philosophers regarding their personal views on a range of philospophical topics. Some of the results were a surprise to me. For instance, I've heard some philosophers state that the most common position regarding free will is compatibilism. The result here corroborates that but much more strongly than I would have guessed from the stuff I've read over the years. Only about 11% of the respondents thought "no free will" described their position best. 60% are compatibilist.

    The question of God breaks down as approx 67% atheist, 19% theist, 14% other.

    About 32% say that the mind is non-physical. Much higher than I would have expected.

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. MikeF

    MikeF Proponent of RAEism
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    There is a series on Patheos website that gives explanations for the categories for those of us who are not Philosophers.
    Philosophy 101 (philpapers induced) #6: External world: idealism, skepticism, or non-skeptical realism?

    I was glad to see that 79% of Philosophers chose non-skeptical realism. :)
     
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  3. Heyo

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    Philosophers clearly don't know what they are talking about. How can people who claim to be rational and have an epistemology differ so much in their opinions?
     
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    The Hammer Lord of Animals
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    Pretty easy.
     
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  6. Estro Felino

    Estro Felino Believer in free will
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    My first philosophy teacher was an atheist. She surely believed in free will, as he explained it to us, while explaining Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard.
    If you think about it, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche all take for granted that free will exists.

    Once she interviewed each student of the class: when I talked about my faith, she said : "I envy you theists for your faith". And I replied : "I envy you atheists, madam. "
     
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    Disappointing to see a majority wouldn't be pro-active in killing one but doing the reverse as to the Trolley problem. :oops:
     
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    mikkel_the_dane Shadow Wolf's Aspie sibling

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    Well, there is no strong rationalism, if you look closer. It is no different than the idea of God.
     
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  10. Heyo

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    Yep. It's hits and a lot of misses, like religion. (Though I'd claim that philosophy had a few more hits.) When I first learned about philosophy, I read about the hits from the most brilliant people. And that is only natural as those are the things that are remembered and venerated. Only when you look deeper, you find that 90% of everything is crap.
    The only discipline that has overcome the randomness of successes is science. Well, science except quantum physics where the physicists can't agree on an interpretation for 100 years now.
     
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    Well, as long as you in practice keep this in mind do all the science you want:
    https://undsci.berkeley.edu/article/0_0_0/whatisscience_12

    And the simplest version of philosophy is thinking about thinking and learning even that has a limit.
    The long short version is this:
    Cognitive Relativism | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
     
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  12. Seeker of White Light

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    I believe Philosophers are very free thinkers, not bound by religious thoughts or atheists thoughts. Philosophers tend to look at all sides of things.
     
  13. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane Shadow Wolf's Aspie sibling

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    Well, one tradition. That is the skeptics. The rationalists are not done with the really correct version of Truth, but that has been going on for close to 2500 years now.
     
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    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Because it's philosophical?
     
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    Rational is a philosophical idea.
     
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    There are maybe good reasons for taking any number of positions. I took a course on epistemology many years ago and I found every reading quite compelling. If I'd had to vote I'd have changed position every week.
     
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