Math Is Hard
The announcement and discussion thread is here. Please also read page 2 of the applicable rules.
Rules for the PF Philosophy forum beginning January 1, 2011
Beginning in January, we are implementing a theme for the Philosophy Forum. These new rules were developed in the spirit of making the Philosophy forum of PF a more academically-oriented discussion place. We are looking to get away from the Philosophy forum as an "anything that pops into my head" discussion section, and similar to the homework help forums, require effort from those posting new topics.
There are three options for starting a thread:
1) When starting a new topic, you must reference a published philosopher or researcher who has worked on the topic. The idea is to focus the topic along the lines of a specific area of research or school of thought.
ex. In A Treatise of Human Nature, What did David Hume mean when he said, "Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them"?
Also, when discussing the philosophical implications of some piece of scientific work, references are required for both the underlying scientific content as well as the resulting philosophical discussion.
ex. The research of Benjamin Libet suggests that our decisions to act occur before our conscious awareness of them. Isn't this a serious problem for the idea of free will?
2) If you do not have a reference, you may state your question in the form of "This is the topic I am investigating. Can you recommend resources?"
ex. I am researching human moral instincts for a paper for my class. Where can I find more information on this?
3) Requests for help with standard definitions and terminology are perfectly acceptable.
ex. I am trying to understand the difference between epistemological and ontological questions. Can you advise?
Note: All the same previous rules will still apply to both new posts and replies. Symbolic logic questions should be placed in the appropriate Homework Section or the Set Theory/Logic/Probability/Statistics subforum.
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