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How can space be at rest?

Newton conceived space as being: Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure ...
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How can a particle be at rest?

Newton conceived space as being: Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure ...
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Is Deontic Logic applicable in Computer Science?

Deontic logic gives rise to a number of paradoxes when applied to our reasoning about moral values. These days it is starting to be applied in computer science. My worry is: doesn't the presence of ...
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What do philosophers mean by 'conceivable'?

Philosophers, especially in analytic metaphysics, often talk about the conceivability of things. Here are some examples: I can conceive a perfect being, therefore, a perfect being is possible. ...
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Does society influence homosexuality? [on hold]

This practice is becoming more and more prevalent in our world. It leads me to ask: is it our society/culture that is influencing this behavior?
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Provable and contradictory?

For each consistent formal theory T having the required small amount of number theory, the corresponding Gödel sentence G asserts: "G cannot be proved within the theory T". This interpretation of G ...
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When translating universal affirmatives should we use implication or conjunction?

Sometimes, when translating a sentence like "All dogs are animals", I often see it represented like this: (∀x)(Px ⊃ Qx) However, I feel like the following is also a good translation: (∀x)(Px ∧ Qx) ...
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Is it possible ever to be free of self-centred activity?

Is there a real self apart from the self-created image?
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What could we call as mathematical intelligence?

A professor once told me, for example, that the act of counting is widely regarded as a first sign of mathematical intelligence. Is it though?, can the act of counting (or performing simple arithmetic ...
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Deleuzian Desire

Deleuze & Guattari offer an alternative definition of desire than that of psychoanalysis: Desire does not lack anything; it does not lack its object. It is, rather, the subject lacking desire, ...
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What is a sign?

Saussure wrote: It is... possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would form part of social psychology, and hence of general psychology. We ...
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Problems with backward time travel

In the beginning of this SEP article is the discussion of contradictions a backward time travel may bring (e.g. the classical grandfather paradox) and possible ways to "eliminate" them. My question ...
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Did Putnam proved Hume wrong about the impossiblity of ground for ethical claims?

Is well known Hume's argument in A treatise of Human Nature that we can't derive normative judgments from descriptive statements. Recently one of my teachers said that Putnam proved Hume wrong showing ...
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Provide an example of two sentences , the first formally implying the second, the second analytically(but not formally) implying the first

Provide an example of two sentences , the first formally implying the second, the second analytically(but not formally) implying the first. Are two such sentences formally equivalent? Are they ...
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Can a valid argument with formally consistent premises have an analytically impossible conclusion? What about the converse?

Can a valid argument with formally consistent premises have an analytically impossible conclusion? What about the converse; analytically compossible premises, but a conclusion that is a formal ...
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How not to judge?

People constantly say not to judge people, but how is this possible? We all make mental remarks based on our past experience, for instance if I see a single mother smoking cigarettes, I will judge ...
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The difference between Philosophy and Cognitive science

I have studied neither philosophy nor cognitive science in an academic capacity. When answering this question here on stack exchange philosophy, a comment was made that perhaps my answer was better ...
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Main differences between conventional and relative simultaneity?

What are the main differences between relative and conventional simultaneity? Did Einstein conform to a relative simultaneity belief then use the clock sychronisation convention to explain ...
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Is math independent of our sensory experience?

I've been asking myself this and other questions in the field of philosophy of mathematics. Could we, if we were isolated from any kind of sensory experience, be able to learn mathematics? This ...
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If A: P implies Q and B: Q implies P, then A is the *what* of B?

I have two propositions A: P implies Q B: Q implies P is A then the converse of B, or is there a term that is more exact?
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What is this special, general type of atomic sentence?

There is exactly one atomic sentence form of L (call it 'A'), which is always a tautology, and whose negation 'negate A', is always a formal contradiction. What is this special, general type of atomic ...
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Tractatus 3.333 and Russell's paradox

Can anyone explain to a non-logician how Tractatus 3.333 refutes (or fails to refute) Russell's Paradox? Please explain his use of symbols!
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Are the following relations reflexive/irreflexive/neither? Symmetric/asymmetric/neither? Transitive/intransitive/neither?

Are the following relations reflexive/irreflexive/neither? Symmetric/asymmetric/neither? Transitive/intransitive/neither? 1) x is a biological father of y 2) x is between point a and y. (Here, let ...
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Difference between ethical subjectivism and expressivism?

I understand that emotional reactions do not have truth values. But it seems like it's obvious to translate an emotional reaction X to a statement "I have emotional reaction X" that does have a truth ...
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Common understanding of Logic in the G-R world

I'm looking for a good resource on the history of the common understanding of logic in the Greco-Roman world. I'm not as interested in what Aristotle or the stoics wrote as I am about how "common" ...
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How can we define “sanity” across cultures?

I have witness the following scene in my childhood : A group of tribe people abducted a newborn baby from a village close to the forest they lived in. The purpose of the abduction was to sacrifice ...
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What does Foucault mean by discursive practices or discursive constitutions in definition of discourse?

Foucault uses the concept of discursive practices or discursive constitutions in the definition of discourse. What does he mean by this concept? How are discursive practices different from ...
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What does Spivak mean exactly in her paper “can the subaltern speak”?

What does G. Spivak mean by epistemic violence in her essay "Can the subaltern speak"? What I understand by her paper is that intellectuals in Europe and western countries control the kind of ...
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Should journalistic ethics apply to anyone who publishes

I have a claim: If someone writes in a manner that suggests they are an authority it seems clear that they have a responsibility to investigate and understand their topic to a certain standard. This ...
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Which of the following sentential operators are truth functional ? Why?

Which of the following sentential operators are truth functional ? Why? 1) '___ 'formally implies '__' in L. 2) '_____' analytically implies '__' in L. 3) Were it not true that '__', then '_' L. ...
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Badiou, Deicide & the return of the Transcendent

Badious philosophy is predicated on Set Theory, in its incarnation as the materialist set theory ZFC. He calls mathematics the very site of ontology. Nietszche famously declared the death of God (in ...
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Economics, State and Violence

I think it was the continental sociologist Weber who defined a State as that organ of a nation that has a monopoly of violence. Economics, at least what minute fraction I know, appears to ignore ...
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The mass surveillance of price and the invisible hand?

In Hayeks Road to Serfdom, he distinguishes between central planning & decentralised planning. And states that decentralised planning makes the most sense, since the available information is too ...
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Kant's idealist view of space vs. modern science

Kant holds idealist view on space. He thinks space is merely “forms of intuition,” that is, ways in which human order and arrange the things they perceive. They are not features of things in ...
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On speaking of 'apparently' non-physical things

Something has really been bugging me lately. Bare in mind I haven't really studied any Philosophy of Mind, but I currently accept that only the physical exists. It comes as being something very ...
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Is trance music cathartic?

I've been thinking about catharsis (in the sense used in aesthetics) and I'm trying to feel out the edges of its accepted application. Trance music is often described using words such as "euphoric" ...
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What makes primitive cosmology primitive?

In Mary Douglas's Purity & Danger, she reports that the anthropologist Vansina recalled affectionately three very independent thinkers he found amongst the Bushong, who liked to expound their ...
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Judging the Logical Conclusion for this Epistemological Debate

I was involved in a debate with my friend a few days ago. He proposed that the most logical answer for questions that can't be judged with science, logic and reason should be polar, i.e., either ...
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Purush and Platos city and soul

In the Rigveda Purush is described as: as a primeval giant that is sacrificed by the gods (see Purushamedha) and from whose body the world and the varnas (classes) are built. He is described as ...
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The selfless gene

Richard Dawkins, in a fine bit of rhetoric in his book the selfish gene, asserts that from one perspective, that our bodies are merely the means by which genes reproduce themselves. We are mortal, but ...
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Are there any large cardinals that are inconsistent with ZF?

Reinhard cardinals are the largest cardinals yet defined that are consistent with ZF. This suggests that there are large cardinals that are inconsistent with ZF - are there in fact any?
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Whats the philosophical originary thought for the empirical category of the wave?

Atoms, as is well known, was originated by Democritus to fend of Parmenides challenge of an unchangeable, eternal one. The other large category of thought in modern physics is that of the wave. ...
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Can an eternal universe be created?

In both Christian & Islamic thought the universe is created, and this is taken that the universe had a definite beginning; philosophically we can justify this position by arguing that were we to ...
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Would the prediction of scientific discoveries give credence to a holy book claiming to be inspired?

The academy cries foul and asks "where is your evidence religious person" and lo and behold here comes this little discovery which validates the very first claim the Bible makes. So with this in mind ...
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Are perfection, morality, sanity and beauty “absolute”? [on hold]

Are perfection/morality/sanity/beauty.. absolute terms? Perfection. I am told its a self evident term and cannot be defined. Anyway I had a conversation with a person who tried to prove the existence ...
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Security of Artificial intelligence [closed]

I'm trying to do some research work of artificial intelligence (Genetic Algorithm Code). Consider an normal PC is a finite-state machine, But with internet it would be huge states, will it beyond my ...
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Is morality absolute? [closed]

Are good and evil absolutes? for example in an extreme case, why killing is considered to be a n evil act?.What if I think its a blissful act? What if my mind perceives it as good act(positive effect) ...
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Ad Hominem vs. Accountability

Imagine someone who you know is a defender of an idea, let's call it idea A. Than one day, you see her defending the opposite idea, idea B, in a group that you know supports idea B. When you ...
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Does veridical perception in Near death experiences prove the spiritual and supernatural to be true?

One of the greatest, if not the greatest piece of evidence that the mind can and does survive bodily death is veridical perception in near death experiences. Veridical perception in near death ...
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What is the difference between Ethics and Social Contract

Ethics refer to society idea of what is right and wrong and we do it because society says it is the right thing to do . Social contract is the idea that any given society has a set of conventions ...

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