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What is the Most “Anti-Mathematics” Qualitative Research Methodology for the Social Sciences and Why?

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

I was debating the issues surrounding muscle fatigue (doms) as I have recently rejoined the gym from a break of 5 years, I was feeling it pretty bad after my first week. I did remember from my ...
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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 we think of an electron as a point particle which generates an electric field (in fact an EM field when ones sees it in motion, which is also at rest). But, in no instance do we see the ...
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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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Difference between ethics and morals - citable definition

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 really classify as a human?

By law , the worst criminals may be pardoned on grounds of mercy,.etc. But generally if an animal attacks a human (kills),it is (most often) put down. So my question is "Shouldnt there be rules to ...
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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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Does fallibilism carry an ontological commitment?

When I was a grad student in psychology, I audited a 20th century philosophy of science course. I did my best to absorb all the great discussions, but one remark the professor made continues to bother ...
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What do you think? A blogger's thought and Mine : Falsifying Test [on hold]

When I was googling with word "Marx, Wittegenstein", I encountered an very interesting site. The site owner ( the blogger ) asks, "Popper is not conducting his own theory, Falsifying test. Is it not ...
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The dissonance between our logic, and the origin of everything

Many broad arguments, listed below, hold for the entirety of our existence, but they overwhelmingly fail to explain the edge cases - that is, the beginning and the end. For example: Energy cannot ...
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How does 'Is–ought' 'subvert all the vulgar systems of morality' ?

Source:: Hume discusses the problem in book III, part I, section I of his book, A Treatise of Human Nature (1739): ... But as authors do not commonly use this precaution, I shall presume to ...
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'feelings that support doing the right thing' vs 'the reason for acting'

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" First, a student named Judith says: 35:14: I think that Kant actually says that: it is the pure motivation that gives ...
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What's 'hypothetical' about 'hypothetical imperatives'?

At the 39 minute 32 seconds juncture, hypothetical imperatives are introduced by Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE". I also tried p 515 of 692, Philosophy & Ethics ...
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Claim that we shouldn't give homeless people money because they will “spend it on drugs/alcohol”?

Every time that I run into a homeless person, which is frequently, I give them whatever change or spare bills (almost always $1 but occasionally, $5 or $10) that I have on me because I believe that a ...
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What is the meaning of the Trinity in Catholicism?

In Mertons Seven Storey Mountain, his auto-biography from a man of the world to Trappist monk, he goes over in brief the notion of the Trinity in Catholicism in the penultimate chapter for the baptism ...
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Why are cows sacred in Hinduism? [migrated]

In a book by Russell, a compendium of his writings, which I quickly glanced over, he in passing mentioned that Cows are sacred in Hinduism; and this in a paragraph that seemed more like hearsay which ...
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Does everything have a cause/reason?

I was reading on arguments for the existence of God and came across the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR) which describes that everything must have a sufficient cause/reason to exist. Looking at ...
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What are real life examples that can be applied to formalism?

Immanuel Kant states: “So act as to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always as an end, and never as only a means.” He also regards that actions have moral worth if the ...
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How does capacity for reason 'exist undifferentiated in all of us'?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" In episode 6, Prof Sandel introduces Kant. Ahmady is the querier’s name. 25:35: How many moral laws from Kant’s point ...
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About 'a law I give myself', what do 'cause and effect' and 'laws of nature' mean?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" In episode 6, Prof Sandel introduces Kant. Ahmady is the querier’s name. 24:31: If acting morally means acting ...
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What is meant by the philosophy of juxtaposition?

Deleuze, somewhere in his corpus, writes on the philosophy of juxtaposition. What does he mean by this term? After all, there is such a thing as comparative analysis - such as between philosophies; ...
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Reincarnation confuses me [on hold]

There's the theory of reincarnation, which means that when you die, will be reborn as a different person. My problem with this is that it confuses me that we won't have any of the memories from that ...
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Fundamental Truths in Philosophy [duplicate]

Many years ago I took a philosophy class that covered Descartes. The teacher logically explained to us the "I think Therefore I am" over the course of a week. He also said that it was one of the ...
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Contradictory Conclusions - Both cannot be valid

Q: Consider the following two propositions: Oswald shot Kennedy; Oswald did not shoot Kennedy. Suppose that we have two pieces of reasoning, one with the first as conclusion and the other with the ...
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Free will and the non-existence of randomness

Let us assume that randomness does not exist. For example, even the flip of a coin is not considered random. The coin's flip can be calculated if certain variables are given (the force used for the ...

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