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Does God believe in God?

So, does God believe in God? And if he does - in which one? I think that's not easy to tell - answering seems to require reasoning about objects in the domain of God. Explaining in which way it ...
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What is one thing that man can predict with 100% accuracy?

Other than abstractions such as, "I predict that 1+1 will equal 2." Is there anything? For example, "I predict that if I drop this ball, it will hit the floor" is not 100% accurate is it, as I can ...
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Can the correspondance theory of truth take into account observer effects?

Kant wrote in the Metaphysics of Natural Science If we ·keep mathematics out of the picture and· think of the doctrine of the soul merely as a systematic art of analysis or as an experimental ...
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What is the difference between correlation and causation? [on hold]

I understand, more or less, what correlation is, but I am having a hard time understanding what it means for something to be a cause of something else. Can causation be thought as a strict subset of ...
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Is God subject to logic?

If someone claims that God is beyond logic then how do we know he is beyond logic ? (as we lose all the methods to know whether the claim is true or not?) Logic is the use and study of valid ...
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how to discharge the assumption?

I want to prove (forall(x,y) ~(x=y)-->((x<y) or (y<x)) from (forall(x,y) ((x=y) or(x<y) or (x>y)) and (forall(x,y) ( (x>y)--> ~(y>x)) but how to discharge b>a? can anyone help me please?
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Does Foucault take a position in “Discipline and Punish”?

I am new to Foucault and was studying his essays on Discipline and Punish, I was however uncertain whether or not he is taking a specific position in this regard. Is the "pan-optical" method of ...
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Why are French postmodern philosophers (like Baudrillard) so hard to read/understand?

I've read my fair share of philosophers. Now I won't say that proper philosophical texts are ever easy to understand, but it seems that French postmodern philosophers like Baudrillard are extremely ...
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What does it mean to demean oneself?

The State of Texas Bar Association has each new member take the following oath: I,___ , do affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and of this State; that I will honestly ...
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Paul Valery's Crisis of the Mind

An excerpt from Paul Valery's Crisis of Mind: I was saying the other day the peace is the kind of war that allows acts of love and creation in its course; it is, then, a more complex and ...
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Sleep and Death

If sleeping without dreaming (as I usually do) is somewhat akin to being dead (at least as far as our experience in a dreamless sleep is concerned), why are we, then, so very feared of death, but do ...
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Humanity vs Biological Artificial Intelligence

I ran across a misnomer that the human mind was a computer. Turing machine and digital definition do not lead to this inference. How does philosophy differentiate itself from biological artificial ...
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Is this description of “universal systems” with regards to Deconstruction valid?

Since I am unfamiliar with Postmodern philosophy I have been reading Deconstruction: A Reader. In the introduction the author makes a claim that I find to be somewhat dubious. He states the following: ...
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What makes our senses qualitatively different from each other?

What exactly makes our experience of sight different from, say, our experience of smell? What gives rise to these as distinct types of qualia? If vision, olfaction and the rest are each a dimension of ...
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Are our lives predestined?

I have surfed the Internet to find out this answer. Some said that "I believe in a sense that we are all predestined in our life...however, at the same time everything we do is our own choices...think ...
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Will philosophy ever have a consensus on all the issues?

There seems to be a lot of disagreement of important questions of philosophy. A lot of consensus has been achieved in the history of philosophy, but will there ever be consensus of the entire field ...
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Why is Nietzsche considered a philosopher - but not Whitman?

Reading Whitmans epic - The Leaves of Grass recently; I was so struck by his language and it's similarity to Nietzsches that I suspected that he had been influenced or read him. For example: I ...
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Where do I find the impartial spectator?

Rawls mentions, in A Theory of Justice that Classical Utilitarianism leant on the conception of the disinterested, yet sympathetic man: The most natural way of arriving at Utilitarianism is by ...
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What is the Most “Anti-Mathematics” Qualitative Research Methodology for the Social Sciences and Why? [on hold]

The word "anti-mathematics" refer to any effort to evade the use of formal tools in analyzing data in favor of a more subjective approach.
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Sigmund Freud related work to writer self empowerment by autobiography

I am writing my thesis on Quest of Feminine Identity, and i came across the theory of Sigmund Freud that said that Feminist Writers use Autobiographies as means of self empowerment, exploration ...
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Can a priori principles be applied to deduce 'Principal Bundles' as principles in Modern Physics?

Kant supplied a priori arguments for Newtonian Physics in his Metaphysics of Natural Science Has something similar been done for Modern Physics; which in its geometrical intepretation are concieved ...
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Are Hume's “relations of ideas” the same as analytic a priori judgments?

In his Enquiry concerning human understanding, Hume provides the following definition: All the objects of human reason or enquiry may naturally be divided into two kinds, to wit, Relations of ...
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Why doesn't Parmenides argument hold for fields - or does it?

The SEP points out For Descartes argued in his 1644 Principles of Philosophy (see Book II) that the essence of matter was extension (i.e., size and shape) because any other attribute of bodies ...
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What is the name given to a false comparison

Necessary background information I have recently started going back to the gym. Myself and my friend have both been suffering from muscle soreness. I decided to take a supplement known as creatine ...
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Was the reappraisal of time, space and motion by Einstein, in Kantian terms, a transcendental deduction?

According to the SEP a Transcendental Deduction is: In Kants conception, an argument of this kind begins with a compelling premise about our thought, knowledge or experience and then reasons to a ...
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Should uniform motion be distinguished from rest?

Aristotle distinguishes motion and rest. For him rest is simply the potential of motion but not motion itself. So a seed before it blooms into becoming and being is at rest; a football before being ...
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How can one justify Newton's third law?

In one sense it is justified by the overall success if Newtonian Mechanics; still, one can ask are there arguments that can justify it from other principles; ie principle that are * a priori* in ...
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How does Hegel develop the notion of freedom in his metaphysics?

It is agreed by everyone that liberty is a good thing; and one cannot have enough of a good thing; thus unlimited liberty must be one of the most perfect of goods. For in liberty unlimited one can ...
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Please recommend a good philosophical book on entropy

Can you recommend a good book on entropy? I'm interested in one which balances well philosophy and physics, since at both edges the likelihood of having to read through nonsense increases (physicists ...
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are Wittgensteins propositions analytic or synthetic?

Wittgenstein provides a logical analysis of propositions in the Tractatus; does he there admit the Kantian distinctions between analytic/synthetic and a priori/a postereroi divisions; or does his ...
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what is an electron (classically)? [on hold]

According to the SEP: Wigners pioneering identification of the types of particles with irreducible unitary representations of the Poincare group has been exemplary until the present. ...
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Is this disproof of God's existence logical?

The apologetic claims the argument is logically valid by modus tollens. The somewhat detailed version is: Premise 1. If Argument A for God's existence is sound, then God exists. Premise 2. But ...
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Is it possible to determine the soundness of the following argument?

I have over-analysed the following question and now find myself thoroughly confused. I think my issue lies with the use of the word 'some' which we are asked to assume means 'an indeterminate number ...
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'Who made who?' as it says in that A.C.D.C song

The A.C.D.C song 'Who made who?' ; a definite philosophical question in a hard rock song. A common retort is 'If the 'creator exists who created the creator ?' I think this is problematic for one ...
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How to answer the common anti-deity existence argument involving a big rock

There is a common over-used argument ; If some Supreme benevolent Being exists that created everything and can effect anyone's life , the argument is, if this being is 'all-powerful' can the Being ...
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Can a point of space be identified?

Consider a single particle in empty space; by what argument can we say that it always occupies the same position or place? Space itself has no identifying mark or label being everywhere the same. ...
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Is a relativistic particle 'kantian'?

Newton, in the Principia conceived time as flowing everywhere at the same rate (this is anticipated also in Aristotles Physics). Time here is independent of bodies and particles; in a sense it is ...
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How can you translate the mathematical statement 5=5 into a second order symbolic logic statement?

Hi I'm trying to describe the statement 5=5 using symbolic logic. I initially attempted to describe this into English as: There is such a thing x and such a thing y, such that x is equivalent to ...
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What is the difference between ethics and morals?

I am currently writing an essay on artificial moral agents, and I need to explain the difference between ethics and morals. However, I am finding it really hard to find a good book or research paper ...
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Laws are made for humans, but does everyone classify as a human?

By law, even the worst criminals may be pardoned on grounds of mercy etc. But if an animal attacks or even kills a human, it can be put down. My question is: Shouldn't there be 'rules' to determine ...
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Did Socrates Help or Hurt Athens by Submitting to Execution?

My question is in the title. My thoughts are that Crito seems on its face to indicate that Socrates did not want to escape execution because exile would spell his ruin, breaking his voluntary social ...
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Faulty analogy and/or guilt by association

Suppose someone would argue that there is no difference between an anti-abortion display and a Ku Klux Klan display, because it offends women in the same way that a Ku Klux Klan stand would offend ...
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Meaning of 'rise above prudence' ? Why'd Kant recommend this?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" A student stands and asks: 32:00: When you make that distinction between duty and inclination is there ever any moral ...
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How's this version of Kant's Categorical Imperative 'more humanistic'?

Source: You Can Be Stronger - Kant Said So!, by Mark D. White, PhD (University of Cincinnati), BSBA (Ohio Northern University), 2010 Mar 1 - all emphasis mine: The other versions of the ...
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How does 'humanity' 'reside undifferentiated in all of us' ?

Foreword: I'm terribly sorry for my flood of questions. Please advise if there are more efficient ways to understand him, which I struggle to do, excepting posing so many questions so often. Source: ...
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How is 'rational capacity' universal?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" 51:28: But respect for Kant, 51:30: Respect, 51:31: is respect: for humanity which is universal, 51:36: for a ...
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How do you treat retailers without using them as a means?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" A student (who reveals his name as Patrick, at the 52:45 interval) asks: 52:34: Suppose I want to buy something, food. I ...
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Why was Mill wrong to claim that Kant appealed to consequences?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" 43.53: ... John Stuart Mill [hereafter JSM] ... made this criticism of Kant. He [JSM] said: if I universalize the maximum ...
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Rawls and the Categorical Imperative

Rawls A Theory of Justice according to Wikipedia, and by his own admission is 'strongly Kantian'. A foundational point or axiom is his 'Veil of Ignorance' - the original position. How can this ...
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Has there been an 'anthropological' study of the Christian Theology? [on hold]

In Catholicism, as an outsider, as such one is immediately struck by the notion of the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, Mary the Mother of God and the immense overflowing panoply of ...

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