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/r/askphilosophy aims to provide serious, well-researched answers to philosophical questions.
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About this community

/r/askphilosophy aims to provide serious, well-researched answers to philosophical questions. We envision this subreddit as the philosophical counterpart to /r/AskHistorians, which is well-known for its high quality answers to historical questions.

/r/askphilosophy is thus a place to ask and answer philosophical questions.

/r/askphilosophy is not a debate or discussion subreddit.

Check our FAQs for a list of frequently asked questions to see if your question has already been answered. Also check the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Questions should be:

  • Distinctly philosophical (i.e. not merely tangentially related to philosophy)

  • Specific enough to be reasonably be answered (i.e. not extremely broad to the point of unanswerability)

  • Posed in good faith (i.e. not posed for an agenda)

  • Questions about philosophy, e.g. arguments in philosophy, philosophers' positions, the state of the field (not questions about commenters' opinions)

Answers should be:

  • Substantive and well-researched (i.e. not one-liners or otherwise uninformative)

  • Accurately portray the state of research and literature (i.e. not inaccurate or false)

  • Come only from those with relevant knowledge of the question (i.e. not from commenters who don't understand the state of the research on the question)

Comments that are not anwers should be follow-up questions to OP's question or a particular answer; discussions of the accuracy of a particular answer; thanks, gratitude, etc. for a particular answer.

All other comments are off-topic and will be removed.

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The purpose of flair on /r/askphilosophy is to indicate commenters' relevant expertise in philosophical areas and research. As philosophical issues are often complicated and have potentially thousands of years of research to sift through, knowing when someone is an expert in a given area can be important in helping understand and weigh the given evidence.

You can find the details of our flair system here. You can also find information about applying for flair at that page.

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r/askphilosophy Rules

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All questions must be about philosophy.
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All submissions must be questions.
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Post titles must be descriptive.
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Questions must be reasonably specific.
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Questions must not be about commenters' personal opinions.
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One post per day.
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Top level comments must be answers.
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Answers must be up to standards.
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Be respectful.
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Stay on topic.

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