270 Philosophical Questions

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Philosophical Questions – I think to ask someone anything like of philosophical thoughts you need think like a philosopher. Because after the questions asked you need to counter their answer in the philosophical ways. Here i have prepared a guide and list of philosophical questions.

How to think like a philosopher

The word “philosophy” literally means the love of wisdom — it’s about getting more involved with the world. To better understand how we act and think.

Wisdom distinguishes great leaders from the rest. If knowledge is information, wisdom is acting upon that knowledge. We can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never extract any wisdom out of it.

Read Philosophy

Hundreds of years of philosophical thinking came before your own examinations of the world and, learning about the ideas of other philosophers will raise new ideas, questions, and problems to think about. The more philosophy you can read, the better a philosopher you can become.

Focus on What’s Essential

We associate more with better. The more you do and the more you have, the better person you become. Unfortunately, this endless race to do and achieve more and more drives confusion and frustration. When everything is important, we can’t separate what matters from what doesn’t.

Spot the Weakness in an Argument

The words we don’t challenge become true. The purpose of philosophy is not to find an error, but to avoid acting based on false assumptions.

We are usually prone to various cognitive biases. The confirmation bias, for example, is our tendency to look for and to recall evidence that confirms, but not that disconfirms, our beliefs and hypotheses.

Consider Alternative Possibilities

Most of the times, we can’t find the real solution because we’re not looking for it. The congruence bias completely dominates our minds; we can’t even realize there arealternative theories.

Systematically considering alternative possibilities — common to both philosophical and scientific thinking — is an effective way to overcome this bias. Practice generating various explanations for each observation.

Think big

Spend time thinking about the world, what it means to live, to die, to exist, and what the point of it is. These topics lead to big, unanswered, often unanswerable questions, questions only philosophers, young children, and other highly curious individuals have the imagination and courage to ask.

Focus on the answerable

Philosophy should be practical. This means focusing less on the unanswerable questions that just lead you in circles. I’m an atheist, but my opinion is that the question of whether there is a man in the clouds is besides the point. There is no grand truth, just now and experience.

Philosophical Questions to ask someone

  1. Can God create a stone so heavy that he cannot lift?
  2. Can there be two almighty Gods?
  3. Can there be morality without God?
  4. Is morality relative?
  5. Is it objectively wrong to torture innocent babies just for fun?
  6. Is abortion ever permissible?
  7. Is it wrong to have children, if you don’t know whether they want to be born?
  8. What is wrong with incest?
  9. What is friendship and why do we need it?
  10. What is art?
  11. Is there progress in art?
  12. Can food be art?
  13. Is it wrong to spend money on expensive food when people are dying of hunger?
  14. If someone is drowning and you refuse to help, are you responsible for his death?
  15. Why do we punish people?
  16. Is it alright to torture terrorists to extract information?
  17. When is it ok, if ever, to disobey the law?
  18. Is it the main purpose of law to promote morality?
  19. Should governments penalize people for unhealthy lifestyles?
  20. Why ban drugs and not alcohol or trans-fat?
  21. Should prostitution be made legal?
  22. Is there such a thing as sexual perversion?
  23. What is wrong with having sex with animals?
  24. How much freedom should people have?
  25. Are people free to sell themselves into slavery?
  26. Why think there are universal human rights?
  27. Is democracy the same as decision by the majority?
  28. Should people who pay more taxes get more votes?
  29. Is democracy suitable for all countries?
  30. When should governments intervene in the market?
  31. Is there a difference between free trade and fair trade?
  32. What is wrong, if anything, about protectionism?
  33. Is patriotism irrational?
  34. Can wars ever be just?
  35. Should people have the right to live in any country they wish?
  36. Is the preservation of culture a good reason to limit immigration?
  37. Is race a biological category or a social construct?
  38. Are you the same person you were ten years ago?
  39. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
  40. Do we think with language or pictures?
  41. Why do we dream?
  42. Can animals reason?
  43. What about fish, oysters and tomatoes?
  44. Do animals have rights?
  45. If we eat chickens, why not dogs, dolphins, or babies?
  46. If super-intelligent aliens want to eat humans, are they wrong?
  47. If meat can be grown using stem cells, is there any reason not to eat meat?
  48. Should we let people commit suicide when they are terminally ill?
  49. Should we kill coma patients on life support to provide more resources to others?
  50. Should organ donation be made compulsory?
  51. Should organ donors be financially compensated?
  52. Is it wrong to grow brain dead babies to harvest their organs?
  53. Why should we respect the dead?
  54. Should we fear death?
  55. Is life meaningless if we can live forever?
  56. What are numbers and do they really exist?
  57. Does Sherlock Holmes exist?
  58. Why is there something rather than nothing?
  59. What is time?
  60. Is it easier to love or to be loved?
  61. Do acts of kindness have a motive?
  62. Is love simply physical desire or something more?
  63. Does evil come from within, and if so why?
  64. Are people in this current generation less or more sensitive than people from past generations?
  65. What is true friendship?
  66. Can achieving nothing make a person happy?
  67. Have gadgets and apps taken away emotions?
  68. If everyone spoke their mind would this world be a better place?
  69. Is there a perfect life?
  70. Why do we strive for perfection if it is not attainable?
  71. Does utilizing time properly make our lives meaningful and happy?
  72. Can life be meaningful without friends?
  73. How do you know if you love someone enough to marry them?
  74. Do numbers in a bank account make people happy?
  75. Is living life to the fullest possible?
  76. Can spirituality make you a happy person?
  77. Is being obsessive about someone or something a good thing?
  78. Are highly intelligent people less happy than individuals with average intelligence?
  79. Is there an absolute way to attain a happy state of mind?
  80. Does living your life for others make your life have meaning?
  81. Do knowledge and understanding make you content and happy as a person?
  82. Does fate exist?
  83. Does an ideal government exist?
  84. Does life have a reason?
  85. Are there limitations on free speech?
  86. Are we a minuscule part of intelligent life in the universe?
  87. Does free will exist, or is every action predetermined?
  88. What is human consciousness?
  89. Why do we do things we do not like to do?
  90. Do atheists make their own gods?
  91. Can artificial intelligence be creative?
  92. If judgment is for God, why do we pass judgment?
  93. Can religious beliefs affect scientific thinking?
  94. Will a world without reliance on modern technology make any progress?
  95. Is human potential capable of anything?
  96. Is death a new beginning?
  97. Why does God not intervene when evil takes root in people?
  98. Does belief make God exist?
  99. Will robots take over the world in the future?
  100. Does the path to salvation lie within us?
  101. Are beliefs and superstitions the same?
  102. Are we the biggest threat to humanity?
  103. Do parallel universes exist?
  104. How does one find purpose in life?
  105. If aliens attack, what will we do?
  106. What is the best way to train people to see the gradients in the world around them instead of just a simplistic “this is good, that is wrong” view of the world?
  107. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
  108. Which of your beliefs are justified and which ones aren’t?
  109. What do you contribute back to society?
  110. What are you going to do with the one life you have?
  111. Is it more important to help yourself, help your family, help your society, or help the world?
  112. What life-altering things should every human ideally get to experience at least once in their lives?
  113. What is the most important goal every person should have?
  114. Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?
  115. What are you capable of achieving?
  116. By what standards do you judge yourself?
  117. Can human nature be changed? Should it be changed?
  118. How replaceable are you?
  119. Why don’t we as a species take more advantage of the fact that we have almost infinite knowledge available to us?
  120. Does jealously have value in driving humans to improve themselves or is it a purely negative emotion?
  121. What percentage of your life do you feel truly alive? When do you feel that way? How can you feel that way more often?
  122. What do you think your future self will remember about you now?
  123. “Know thyself” is an ancient concept going back much further than Socrates and is at the root of much of philosophy. With that in mind, what are the most important things to learn about one’s self or is all self-knowledge equal?
  124. How do you define consciousness?
  125. Is it possible to prove that other people besides yourself have consciousness?
  126. How conscious do you think animals are?
  127. Assuming evolution is correct, do you think that if humans went extinct another species as intelligent as humans would evolve? If life exists long enough on a planet, is intelligence and consciousness inevitable?
  128. Would it be more frightening to discover that humans are the most advanced species in the universe or that we are far from being the most advanced species in the universe?
  129. How would you define genius?
  130. There is zero chance that ALL your firmly and dearly held beliefs are true. So, which of your beliefs are most likely to be wrong and which are most liable to be true?
  131. How much does language affect our thinking?
  132. Why are humans so confident in beliefs that can’t be proven?
  133. If all your memories were erased, what kind of person would you be?
  134. Why do humans have such a strong urge to distract ourselves from the real world?
  135. Without religion would people become more, less, or be equally morally corrupt?
  136. If humanity was put on trial by an advanced race of aliens, how would you defend humanity and argue for its continued existence?
  137. What rights does every human have? Do those rights change based on age?
  138. Do animals have rights and do those rights extend to all animals or do the rights change based on the complexity of the animal?
  139. Is justice a human construct or is it independent of humans?
  140. Why do people expect a universe full of randomness to be fair?
  141. With no laws or rules to influence your behavior, how do you think you would behave?
  142. What’s the difference between justice and revenge?
  143. If it was discovered that personality traits were partly genetic and could be removed with gene therapy, would it be ethical to edit out negative character traits that harm others like extreme aggression, compulsive lying, or cruelty?
  144. If you could press a button and receive a million dollars, but one stranger would die, would you press the button? And if so, how many times?
  145. What would be the most ethical way to give away five million dollars?
  146. Are people ethically obligated to improve themselves?
  147. Is privacy a right?
  148. At what point is overthrowing a government ethical, considering all the violence a revolution usually entails?
  149. Can morality ever be objective or is it always subjective? If it can be objective, in what instances? If it’s always subjective, how do we decide whose concept of morality is correct?
  150. Are intentions or outcomes more important when judging whether actions are moral?
  151. Should there be limitations on the right to free speech?
  152. If it was discovered that most animals were conscious of their existence and eventual death, what would be the ramifications of that discovery?
  153. Would you kill ten people to save 1?
  154. Is there such a thing as free will?
  155. How do you know that God exists? Doesn’t exist?
  156. What is the meaning of life?
  157. Is there such a thing as absolute morality?
  158. Does nature or nurture form a person’s personality?
  159. What is freedom? Is true freedom possible?
  160. Can we know what happiness is without sadness?
  161. Can we understand good without evil?
  162. What is the truth and is it the same as reality?
  163. Is there such a thing as truth, or is it relative?
  164. Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness?
  165. How and when did everything begin?
  166. How do you know what is real and what isn’t?
  167. Is there a reason for life and what is it?
  168. What happens to a person after they die?
  169. Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul?
  170. Does what a person observe alter what actually occurs?
  171. Must we have evidence to know the truth?
  172. How do you know what is real?
  173. What is gravity and how does it work?
  174. How much control does a person have over their life?
  175. Is it always wrong to lie? When (if ever) is it okay?
  176. Is it okay to do something “wrong” if no one sees it or knows about it?
  177. Do you shape your own destiny or does everything happen by fate?
  178. Do numbers really exist or are they something man has created?
  179. If God is “good,” why is there so much evil in the world?
  180. When do you think the world will “end”?
  181. Do you think computers will ever take over the world?
  182. Which is easier – to love or be loved?
  183. What do we call it “falling in love”?
  184. Would you look for a husband on a dating site? Why or why not?
  185. Do you think “wild” animals should be kept as pets? When and why?
  186. Do people need friends? Why?
  187. If we ban drugs, why not harmful food additives and alcohol?
  188. How do we know electrons and black holes exist if we cannot see them?
  189. Is it ever okay to tell a secret?
  190. Would you break the law to save someone you love?
  191. What do you fear most?
  192. If you won the lottery, would you quit your job? Why or why not?
  193. Would you rather have a job you love that pays very little, or a job you hate that pays a great deal of money?
  194. Does time change from one day to the next and is this why some days seem to go on forever?
  195. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?
  196. Does life exist somewhere else in the universe?
  197. If our minds are made of particles and atoms, which both behave probabilistically, how can we think we have freewill?
  198. Which historical figure, good or bad, do you think had the biggest impact on the world? Your country?
  199. Is there such a thing as luck?
  200. Which makes a better pet – a cat or a dog? Why?
  201. Do you think there will come a time when all shopping is done online?
  202. Which season is best – summer, winter, spring, or fall? Why?
  203. Are clowns funny or scary?
  204. What is the right age for getting married?
  205. Is it more important to be a leader or a follower?
  206. Is there a difference between fair trade and free trade? What is it and which is of greater importance?
  207. Is defining people according to race a social construct or a biological category?
  208. Will it ever be possible to travel through time? Space?
  209. Should terminally ill people be allowed or encouraged to commit suicide?
  210. Is it ever okay to break the law? Why and when?
  211. What are dreams and why do we have them?
  212. Can a person be “educated” without a formal education?
  213. Is there such a thing as honor in today’s society? How would you define honor?
  214. How relevant is the family in today’s world?
  215. Which is more important, to be respected or liked?
  216. Which is better, to play a good game and lose, or cheat and play a “bad” game and win?
  217. Is the way we compensate people for their jobs “fair,” or should we have some way of making sure people are paid appropriately? (i.e. football players and teachers)
  218. What exactly is self esteem and where does it come from?
  219. Should a vegetarian eat animal crackers?
  220. Why is it that milk does not go bad inside a cow, but does if you leave it out of the refrigerator?
  221. What color hair is listed on the driver’s license of a bald man?
  222. How many times should a person use a disposable razor?
  223. Why is there Braille on the number pads on drive-through bank machines?
  224. Is it true that five out of four people have trouble with fractions?
  225. Since women do not think their own facial hair is attractive, why don’t they shave off their eyebrows?
  226. Shouldn’t a pineapple upside down cake be called a pineapple downside up cake?
  227. Why do we call coffee without cream and sugar “black” when it is really dark brown?
  228. Is a “wrong” act okay if nobody ever knows about it?
  229. Who decides what morality is?
  230. How do you know that your experience of consciousness is the same as other people’s experience of consciousness?
  231. What is true strength?
  232. What is true love?
  233. Is a family still relevant in the modern world?
  234. What role does honour play in today’s society?
  235. If money cannot buy happiness, can you ever be truly happy with no money?
  236. How do you know your perceptions are real?
  237. How much control do you have over your life?
  238. What is freedom?
  239. Isn’t one person’s terrorist another person’s freedom fighter?
  240. What happens after we die?
  241. What defines you?
  242. What do people strive for after enlightenment?
  243. Do we have a soul?
  244. What is intelligence?
  245. How should people live their lives?
  246. If lying is wrong, are white lies okay?
  247. Is trust more important than love?
  248. 38. Is it easier to love or be loved?
  249. Is it better to love and lose or never to love?
  250. Do aliens exist?
  251. The structure of DNA appears to be intelligently designed, what are the implications?
  252. If everything evolved from amoebas, how does the world still have amoebas?
  253. Is life all a dream?
  254. When does consciousness begin?
  255. What are numbers?
  256. Can we have happiness without sadness?
  257. How did the universe begin?
  258. Is there a supreme power?
  259. What is education?
  260. What will happen at the end of the world?
  261. Is there a reason to life?
  262. Where does the soul live?
  263. Is it more important to be liked or respected?
  264. Does sound happen if nothing is present to hear it?
  265. What is infinity?
  266. Where does the universe end?
  267. Does observation alter an event?
  268. Does the Law of Attraction exist?
  269. How does gravity work?
  270. Where were people before they were born?
  271. What is beauty?

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