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Why does Philosophy of Language matter?

Why does philosophy of language matter? I'm not trying to troll here; I'm interested in what people who find this subject fascinating are so fascinated about!
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Can a “real” paradox exist?

Given a statement, S: "S is not true." We arrive at a paradoxical solution whether or not we assume S to be true or false. Does this automatically imply that we have made an error in logic, ...
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How to start studying philosophical logic?

As I'm planing to study Philosophical logic, I've some important questions. For example, I wonder: 1-Should I start with the algebraic approach? Should I start with another approach?(which one?) 2- ...
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Is it ever okay to break a promise?

Is it okay to break a promise? A scenario for you. You and a close friend, known by the nickname Moonlight, have made a promise. This promise is serious and both of you fully understand the ...
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Does the “Lord's Prayer” increase corruption?

Consider this part of the Lord's Prayer: "and forgive (1) us our offenses, as we also have forgiven (2) our offenders" "perdoai (1) as nossas ofensas assim como nós perdoamos (2) a quem nos ...
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How to discharge an assumption?

I am proving the follow argument [(A ↔ B ) → C] ⊢ [ - ( A ^ B) V C ] Using the following set of rules I, ^E, vI, vE, →I, →E, ↔I, ↔E, --E, -I Here are my steps but I got to the point where I ...
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What are the names, or arguments of the atomic sentence “Max ate a cake” and “I ate a cake.”

What are the names, or arguments of the atomic sentence Max ate a cake and I ate a cake. ? First of all, "Max" is definitely a name. But is "cake" a name? And in the second sentence, is ...
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Do mathematician always agree at the end?

I know it's a off beat question but I thought philosophical answer would be better. I've been trying to study some different sciences in my life, ranging from biology to mathematics, and if I try to ...
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Would it be correct or incorrect to interpret Aristotle's view of Tragedy as a ritual?

My question relates specifically to the use of the Greek verb δρώντων part pl pres act masc gen attic epic doric aeolic contr in Poetics, 1449b-28 in which tragedy is defined, among other things ...
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Logical Consequence and Tarski's World

I found this question in an old exam paper. I have no idea what is expected from a question like this. Consider the Tarski's world below. This world illustrates that ¬∃xTet(x) is NOT a logical ...
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Philosophy and Psychology of Emotion

" We are all comfortable using terms to refer to things that seem non-physical objects, such as "Tuesday," "justice," and "luck." These things seem to be able to affect physical things, e.g. "Tuesday" ...
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Is abortion anything to do with choice?

Can the pro/anti-abortion debate ever be about choice? Is it, in fact, 100% about life? What I'm positing is: if a foetus counts as life, then the same rules apply as with any other life. If a foetus ...
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Help with a proof for the following arguments

I want to proof the following argument from both sides using the following rules ^I, ^E, vI, vE, →I, →E, ↔I, ↔E, --E, -I Argument [(A ↔ B ) → C] ⊢ [ - ( A ^ B) V C ] Please let me know ...
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Do Mobius Strips have a front and back?

Mobius strips, are generally held to have only one side - if one marks a place on the strip and on what looks like the other side then a pencil can draw a line between these two points without ever ...
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Is it possible to provide a proof of the following arguments?

G & ¬ H ¬ H ⇒ H Therefore, S & I Is it possible to prove the validity of this argument without having any information of S or I in the premises? H ...
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Assuming right and wrong aren't arbitrary

Suppose that there is an answer to the question "why be moral", such that "it is irrational to be immoral or at least... not irrational to be moral". ...
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In what way(s) does popular New Atheism fail to be philosophical?

I've seen some derision against the popular New Atheism movement, in particular against Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris (particularly interesting since he makes a big deal that ...
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The definition of morality in Divine Command theory?

What is the definition of the morality in divine command theory? What does that mean to say that something is moral or something is immoral?
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Question regarding sound argument

Sound argument is an argument which is both valid and it's premises are true. But my question is, why do we mention in the definition of the sound argument that "it's premises are true" when we've ...
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What's the difference between being in a simultion vs base reality

Having articles like Bostrom's "Simulation argument" gives us the probability that we are almost certainly living inside a simulation. Putting aside the emotional, intuitive discomfort about it, what ...
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Proof validity methods other than truth tables

I have read or heard some time ago that truth tables cannot be used to validate arguments which involves the use of quantifiers i.e. in predicate or quantificational logic where you can find ...
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Which questions have philosophers answered more satisfyingly than mere common sense?

Philosophy can be seen as a huge domain: studying everything that exists and questioning its inner mechanic, purpose, moral (non exhaustive list). For instance stuyding the laws of nature, logic, ...
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Should I be content with short-term happiness and avoid thinking about long-term concerns?

I am very happy, if judged from a third-party perspective. I have absolutely no problems related to relationships, behaviour, health, finance, knowledge, etc. In fact, lately, I've been getting ...
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Zarathustra and the History of Western Philosophy

Zarathustra is famously invoked by Nietzsche to sweep away a univocal theology - Western Christian monotheism; in the history of religions Zarathustra is famous as the founder of Zorastrianism; this a ...
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Is the gender divide a class divide?

Simone Weil wrote in Gravity & Grace: Up to now, history has only shown us societies divided up into classes, except for altogether primitive societies in which no differentiation has yet ...
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Why are the laws of nature 'always and everywhere the same'?

Spinoza wrote in his Ethics that: the laws and rules of Nature…are always and everywhere the same This so as to deny a categorical difference between man and nature; Spinoza affirms that man is ...
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Must infinity involve repetitions?

Infinity for Nietzsche in at least one line of argument involves the eternal return; he refers to it in the Die fröhliche Wissenschaft and Also sprach Zarathustra; most completely in his Notes on the ...
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How does the modern notion of 'empiricism' stack up against the Platonist and Neoplatonist concept of mind and understanding above sense and opinion?

I'm a student of philosophy carefully reading through the Britannica Great Books series. In our homeschool discussions, occurring each Wednesday afternoon, I'm finding most of the questions ...
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Is Aristotle's Mean exactly in the middle?

Did Aristotle mean by 'Mean' exactly the middle between two extremes, or just some "sweet spot" that need not be the middle at all?
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Is the line between use and mention always defined?

Consider the sentence "I like Heroin", meaning that you enjoy the famous song by the Velvet Underground. Is the expression in italics used or mentioned? To me it seems that it's a use, but a weird ...
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Regarding attempted proofs related to other religions

Have there been any philosophical attempted proofs of the existence of Vishnu or Brahma or of the Divinity of Buddha? What about the existence of what the Freemasons believe in or those 'Thetans' that ...
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How much formal logic and mathematics would I have to study if I focused on continental philosophy?

Based on what I’ve read, and I hope I got it right, continental philosophy is a loose term for the different schools of thought that resist the influence of the analytic tradition. Critical theory, ...
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In Kant's ethics, is it allowed to be richer than other people?

I've been reading a bit about Kant's moral philosophy. What I'm now trying to figure out is if the Categorical Imperative would demand a redistribution of wealth. Or in other words, if according to ...
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Does the lack of absurdities in our universe call into question the validity of multiverse theories?

Does the lack of absurdities in our universe call into question the validity of multi verse theories? If the theories about multi verse are to be true and we have explained the immensely improbable ...
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Does anyone have a good answer to or deconstruction of the 'problem of other minds'?

I'm absolutely obsessed with the problem. I've seen many people dismiss it, and I've seen many arguments against it, none of which seem to cut the logical mustard. The problem for me boils down to ...
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What kind of philospher believes many philospical issues can be reduced to defining words?

I will take Fatalism vs Compatibilism as an example. I hold that the only difference between them is the definition of free will. Namely, I prefer the Compatibilistic definition, that free will is ...
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Good introductory reading to skepticism?

In various works that I've read recently, the writers referred to the skeptics several times, and I thought that maybe I should try actually learning something about them. I was hoping for some text ...
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Can philosophy overcome “the two cultures” divide?

Snow noted a growing divide between "the two cultures" in Western society, scientists and "literary intellectuals", who became increasingly self-absorbed and incomprehensible to each other. One of ...
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Method to derive conclusions

Suppose, you have been given the following assumptions: 1. (W ⊃ (F ∨ M)) 2. ~F 3. (M ⊃ A) In what way you can come up with conclusion from this? What kind of inferences rules can be used here? I ...
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Climate change statement - is there a logical fallacy here?

"97% of scientists agree that climate change is caused by humans - if 97% of scientists told you a plane was going to crash, would you get on it?" Arguments about the existence of climate change ...
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Did Wittgenstein say something about intuition for logic?

When one creates some logical content, like in programming, only naives think that this is a rational way of thinking. In fact, this is based on patterns and intuition. Did Wittgenstein say anything ...
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About the philosophy of physicalism

Other than Mary's Room and maybe Searle's Chinese Room are there any other interesting thought experiments against the ideas of physicalism, and the idea our minds are identical to our brains?
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When does one deserve a title and why?

I consider myself to be a minor philosopher in some ways, in at least the sense that I do analyze reason and do "what the other philosophers do", just in my own ways. But it's a tough "title" to have ...
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Is there transformation of self through realization in Western Philosophy

Transformation through realization a.k.a enlightenment is a recurring theme in eastern philosophy. Is there a counterpart for this in Western Philosophical writings?
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How come we recognize symmetrical objects as related (or even as the same)?

I'm not sure whether this question belongs here, so I apologize in advance if it does not, however, I think it's worth a try. Also please excuse my poor English, I am not native English speaker. My ...
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Introductory Natural Deduction Question

So I'm new to logic and taking an introductory logic course, and I'm really having trouble with these 2 questions: Using the system of Natural Deduction in the textbook, provide a derivation to ...
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Question about a proposition of Spinoza's Ethics

In Proposition 29 of Spinoza Ethics, he says that "In nature there is nothing contingent" My questions: What does it mean for something to be contingent? and what follows from the claim that nothing ...
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The blur between proof and evidence

Consider this: Evidence is the foundations of proof. So, enough evidence creates proof. However, how much evidence is needed to make proof depends on the concerning persons' circumstances, ...
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I believe in you, do you believe in you? [closed]

Since it is possible to gain confidence from outside yourself, It should also be possible to gain it from inside based on others' views on you.
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Hardwired Features of Interpretation

Recently, I have been posting here, and it concerns mostly with metaphysics. So: Is interpretation a hardwired feature of the brain and person? So, when we see symbols, we AUTOMATICALLY identify ...

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