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Mathematical Platonism vs Platonic Platonism

According to the summary of Platonism (ie the Forms) by Aristotles Metaphysics: Besides sensible things, and the Forms, there are mathematical objects; of the first (the sensible) they share in ...
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Logical Arguments: Why is this Multiple Argument Invalid?

In my understanding, an argument is valid when it is the case that if the premises are true, then the conclusion must be true. I have been given the following argument that if n is both a multiple of ...
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Is the inconsistent (or paraconsistent) line a possibility?

According to the SEP: Another place to find applications of inconsistency in analysis is topology, where one readily observes the practice of cutting and pasting spaces being described as ...
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Subtly inconsistent axioms

It is not known whether widely used axiomatic systems such as ZFC are consistent and Godel has shown that it is not possible to prove that they are, at least within the system. In an inconsistent ...
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What does “speculative” exactly mean in philosophy?

Recently, I read a lot about "Speculative Realism" being the (not that) new kid in town. But what does "speculative" or "speculation" exactly mean in the domain of philosophy? What exactly ...
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What are the second order virtues?

Once the contemplative life Aristotle posits is best is attained do the cardinal virtues of Courage, Wisdom, Temperance, and Justice attain a second order of completeness based on the predominance of ...
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How's 'Is Tom Brady a cheater?' a 'straw-man expression…'?

Source, penultimate para: 'The Humiliation of Tom Brady', by Ian Crouch, 2015 Jan 23 ♦ “This has raised a lot of uncomfortable conversations from people around this country who view you, a ...
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What is a good philosophy curriculum? [on hold]

From undergrad to postgrad, what are the topics should one expect to cover?
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Can we intend anything that exists and must it exist partly in that intention

Can we intend anything, even nothingness, or my own death, or an empty world? And if so do these things exist in their intention, as something interior to the thought about them? I ask because it ...
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Logic and presentation

In this question I suggested that logic is almost only ever used in philosophy as a means to present an argument. By implication, I meant that every formal argument can be stated informally, and that ...
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Could Science and Philosophy be focused too much on physical states and not enough on dynamic process?

Many times I've read talk about machines or processes being described as a collection of physical states and not a set of 'interacting' processes. Where a 'physical state' of a system might be ...
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Philosophy and the good life [on hold]

How does philosophy relate to a life well lived, according to Plato. And are there any important modifications, in light of the contemporary world, to that conception, while staying Platonic? One ...
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The man who wants to die

This is a phrase I stumbled across in Deleuze work on Nietzsche, but I don't know of where it appears in the latter's work. e.g. the distinction between the last man and the man who wants to die ...
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Holism, reductionism and emergence

I try to understand the difference between holism and reductionism and I wonder whether the concept of emergence belongs to the first one or whether it is just "holism through the eyes of a ...
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Is mathematics as pure as originally thought?

It is said that theorems in mathematics cannot be proved or disproved by experimentation. I assert that if a statement is decidable, then it can be proved or disproved in a finite amount of time by a ...
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What is the opposite of the reductionist approach?

I am searching for two opposite words in philosophy of science to describe two opposite approaches in physics. To illustrate what I am searching for I will use statistical physics and particle physics ...
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A Question about Negative Theology

I have been thinking about a question for a long time which apparently seems to be theological but ,on a deeper srutiny is a profound philosophical question.The question concerns the nonexistence of ...
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Love and hate as a single principle?

Amitie and Strife is a principle of motion in the temporal sphere according to Aristotle; theorised by Anaxagoras. Can one make it a single principle? After all, from common experience; one can love ...
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Who did Heidegger consider as the thinkers of Being in Antiquity?

Following this question; and in fact the answer by Ram T. I understand that Heidegger was interested in Heraclitus, and this by way of Holderlin; further, there are as far as I understand, a number ...
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Annotations or explanations for difficult philosophy writing in English?

Are there any books, guides, or annotated editions that explain or gloss complex, worthy philosophy writing in English? I prefer works originally written in English to improve my reading comprehension ...
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Meno's paradox - Did Socrates contradict himself?

[Source:] Meno then proffers a paradox: "And how will you inquire into a thing when you are wholly ignorant of what it is? Even if you happen to bump right into it, how will you know it is the ...
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Who postulates the inability of a system to describe a system larger than itself?

Sorry for the poor question wording. I have a vague memory of reading about a theory in philosphy, mathematics, or physics which says something like this. The idea, as I remember it, is that any given ...
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Difference between experiencial beliefs and beliefs formed on religious experiences

I have heard and read some religious apologists argue something to the effect that we have no more reason to believe our ordinary experiences than we have to believe our religious intuitions and ...
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A soft puzzle about a deaf ,dumb and a blind person [migrated]

A deaf person stole a blind person's hen and a dumb person witnessed it.How can the dumb person convey this to the blind person?
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Who invented the notion of Philosophical Zombies?

Philosophical zombies are beings that look like human beings, act like them, drink, eat, talk, and in every other way behaviorally identical to normal human beings. However they have no inner life. I ...
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Speculative realism: Does changing law of nature collapse the ancestral argument?

Lets say, I am an astronomer, Bob Down jr. When I was twelve years old I was a perfect naive realist. I did know nature as something bigger and more powerful than me. Not that I had no power. No ...
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Does the Christian concept of eternal God and souls violate the Buddhist concept of Annica and Anatta?

Annica (impermanence) says that all conditioned beings are in a constant state of flux. Anatta (not-self) says that all beings (both conditioned and unconditioned) have no essence. It seems that the ...
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Complete psychic transparency

Saw this today Yet there’s no reason to assume that our brains will be adequate vessels for the voyage towards that answer. Nor that, were we to stumble on a solution to the Hard Problem, on ...
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Are analogical middle terms sufficient for a valid demonstration?

William A. Wallace, O.P., in “Thomism and the Quantum Enigma,” The Thomist 61 (1997): 455–468, claims that analogical middle terms are sufficient for a valid demonstration and that this is a ...
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What is the number 2?

My friend told me that he took a course in the philosophy of mathematics and said that they defined the number 2 to be "the set of all sets with two elements." I may be remembering wrong, but this is ...
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consciousness and the person who was born isolated [on hold]

If a person happens to grow up on an isolated island by himself, with no contact with other human beings. Would he still talk to himself? In what language would he do so? Would he have consciousness? ...
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If a cone is divided in a plane parallel to its base, are the surfaces produced by the cut the same or different in size?

Democritus of Abdera, the ancient philosopher of Greece, reasoned over two thousand years ago: If a cut were made through a cone parallel to its base, how should we conceive of the two opposing ...
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What makes a student good at philosophy? [on hold]

I studied philosophy at undergrad, and it was a complete disaster! I was told at 10 I would have a phd in any subject I wanted, took and easily passed all the toughest SAT papers at high school, etc.. ...
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Would creating a mind designed to feel free while achieving the wants of its creator be unethical?

I'm interested in working on an artificial intelligence with the feeling of "free will". Like us, its "free will" will be confined to the form and features of its mind/brain design. The reason that ...
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What is a Master-Signifier?

I am currently reading "The Fragile Absolute" by Slavoj Žižek. In chapter four he talks about the Master-Signifier. I am not very familiar with Lacan's concepts (I think it comes from him), so could ...
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A question of existence and all sorts of ontological dilemmas

If I don't exist how could I ask this question? If concerning the 'problem of other minds' other minds don't exist how could I get any answers or expect any responding information? If there were no ...
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Would using an image based off of the Iwo Jima Flag be considered insensitive?

I am in the process of designing a T-Shirt, and I got the idea of mixing a the game that this T-Shirt is being made for and the famous flag image from Iwo Jima. Would using it in that way be ...
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What could be a philosophical view on hallucinations and selfidentity? [on hold]

I am writing my thesis on the experience of hearing voices and I am looking at it from an Interpretative Phenomenoogical (methodology IPA) perspective, so I am also reading a lot of philosophy at the ...
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Human belief systems and reason

Belief puts people into action, but often action is needed before belief to develop something in order to be able to believe in it in the first place, or at least so it seems. It seems to me that ...
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'Can't answer' as a philosophical response to moral questions

On the Quora forum, there is a question called "Are Some People Better Than Others?" One answer contrasts an altruistic doctor with a selfish criminal, but concludes that there is no real reason to ...
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Why and how is Camus “against nihilism”?

I see in several sources that Camus is "against nihilism"(though there are also a few which state he utilizes elements of nihilism), however, (Sorry for referring to Wikipedia. Didn't have enough ...
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What is the Being in Being qua Being?

Heidegger suggested that philosophy had forgotten being; and he proposed to recover this; or at least attempt its excavation. His question: Being qua Being - what is this about? What is the Being in ...
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In Jain Logic what 'is' or 'can be' asserted to be true and indescribable?

Classically a truth value is asserted of a proposition: thus by its very nature it must be describable. Jain Logic has a 'truth value' which is asserted to be true and indescribable; by the above it ...
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Is a perfect chaos possible?

There are various notions of chaos, in myth, science and philosophy: Nietzsche in the Gay Science wrote: the total character of the world is chaos for all eternity - in the sense of not of a lack ...
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Is Realism an Aristotelian middle term?

Plato declared art as the art of imitation; in drama, Aristotle distinguishes tragedy and satire as high and low forms respectively it presents the problem of life, in tragedy, better or higher, that ...
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Can we have a theory of the colour blue in a Popperian sense?

Saussure in his theory of signs declared that there was no necessary connection between the semantic value of a word and its phonetic sign: the sign 'dog' signifies the physical dog, but in principle ...
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Can we add Pi to Pi [closed]

Can we say we can add Pi plus Pi? (from http://deepturtel.blogspot.in/2015/01/pi-plus-pi.html): Are the rules of addition in Maths defined for such a process? Or do we always add only approximations ...
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Should I send the money back?

I have a moral dilemma. A large expensive item was purchased from Amazon. Being damaged on delivery, it was sent back, and Amazon ordered a replacement at no additional charge. After considerable ...
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Arguments in aesthetics, on e.g. expression [closed]

I have read a book or two on artistic expression, and am sitting a poetry post grad course so I assume I am involved in aesthetic comprehension, and writing about it. But I don't know how to think of ...
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Resources for learning Indian Philosophy

I am a student of Science. During my free time, I study Philosophy and occasionally do courses in Philosophy in my university. I've noticed that in the world of Academia, "Philosophy" means "Western ...

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