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So it seems for the past week or so the same philosophy topics have been bouncing around so I figured something new and personal would be fun.

What is your favorite area of philosophy? Or do you not even have a favorite area you just really enjoy thinking the deep thoughts?

For me I personally enjoy Ethics, Epistemology, and Nietzsche's works. Hoping to get around to some Political Philosophy eventually.

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I used to hate aesthetics, but as I've moved out of philosophy into software, and then into user experience design I find myself reading a lot about the value of good design and beautiful works. Architecture and service design in particular are interesting to me at the moment so I spend a lot of time reading Metropolis Magazine and things like Alain de Botton's Architecture of Happiness. Why should we make beautiful buildings rather than purely functional ones. Or simple, delightful services or software rather than cheap or practical ones. Is the most efficient solution the best?

An analogy - The rail trip to Paris is slow and people complain. You could spend a billion dollars improving the Channel Tunnel rail service to make it 10 minutes faster. OR you could spend a billion dollars to instead provide free champagne, and white tie table service to everybody on the train and they wouldn't care that it's slow, it would seem luxurious. We often value time or money at the expense of other things. But then we give up time and money to get those things back (vacations etc).
Why do we work hard to produce a lot instead of work less and produce enough?

Thoughts in this area quickly lead me into politics, social change etc. When I studied it at university I didn't give it the time to really understand that, but I'm finding it very revitalizing at the moment.
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The one where they don't put 'ism' on the end of everything. Unismism?
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Epistemology mostly. Especially hermeneutics.
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(Original post by Calvin)
I used to hate aesthetics, but as I've moved out of philosophy into software, and then into user experience design I find myself reading a lot about the value of good design and beautiful works. Architecture and service design in particular are interesting to me at the moment so I spend a lot of time reading Metropolis Magazine and things like Alain de Botton's Architecture of Happiness. Why should we make beautiful buildings rather than purely functional ones. Or simple, delightful services or software rather than cheap or practical ones. Is the most efficient solution the best?

An analogy - The rail trip to Paris is slow and people complain. You could spend a billion dollars improving the Channel Tunnel rail service to make it 10 minutes faster. OR you could spend a billion dollars to instead provide free champagne, and white tie table service to everybody on the train and they wouldn't care that it's slow, it would seem luxurious. We often value time or money at the expense of other things. But then we give up time and money to get those things back (vacations etc).
Why do we work hard to produce a lot instead of work less and produce enough?

Thoughts in this area quickly lead me into politics, social change etc. When I studied it at university I didn't give it the time to really understand that, but I'm finding it very revitalizing at the moment.
Because working harder to produce more makes the guys at the top more money.
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Moral and political philosophy.
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Because working harder to produce more makes the guys at the top more money.
Ah thanks, you've solved that one.
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Ah thanks, you've solved that one.
Were you expecting more?
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Were you expecting more?
I was hoping for something on topic to the thread, but if we're going to answer rhetorical questions then some originality would be good.
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I was hoping for something on topic to the thread, but if we're going to answer rhetorical questions then some originality would be good.
It was a simple question with a simple answer, no need to get angry. If it was rhetorical then why were you expecting any answer at all, never mind something 'more on-topic'? And what does 'more on-topic' mean?
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Consequential ethics.
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(Original post by TurboCretin)
It was a simple question with a simple answer, no need to get angry. If it was rhetorical then why were you expecting any answer at all, never mind something 'more on-topic'? And what does 'more on-topic' mean?
Answering the question the OP posed, or thoughtful additions to what others have written which expand on the title question.
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Meta ethics & epistemology.


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randism/objectivism
classical liberalism/individualism
so mostly political and moral philosophy
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Philosophy of religion, Metaphysics of Modality, Logic and Epistemology.
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Any philosophy which is related to science or technology. Also Moral and political philosophy.
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I would say analytic philosophy; the discussion of what we can or can't say, the truth and falsity of certain statements, and essentially most things the Vienna Circle and Wittgenstein got gung-ho about. This is quite a broad topic in itself and covers most things from meta-ethics (like the is-ought problem/Hume's law) right to the philosophy of religion.
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Environmentalism, ethics
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Existentialism, phenomenology
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