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In which text/paper was the concept of dialetheism first introduced as a serious position?

More or less the question title. My final-year logic course a few years back covered a number of non-classical logics (deontic, Kleene/Lukasiewicz multi-valued, etc.), however dialetheism was left as ...
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to say that death is the end of life suggests that all living thing die?

i'am currently reading "thinking clearly about death" by jay Rosenberg and in 1.3 (chapter 1 part 3) he says to say that death is the end of life suggests that all living thing die it does not ...
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Theories on the “boundaries” between different bodies of knowledge

What do you know about the boundaries between different bodies of knowledge, e.g. bodies of science. I think it's a common question, e.g. "where's the boundary between mathematics and physics". But ...
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What is the truth value of the proposition 'All unicorns are beautiful'?

If we let Fx denotes that which has the property of being a unicorn, and Gx denotes that which has the property of being beautiful, then this proposition would be signified by the following: ...
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Bored with Foucault, exhausted by Derrida, interested in the works of Serres, Deleuze, Latour [on hold]

Is this (from Barry Allen's letter to prospective graduate students) just an individual assessment or the expression of a wider pattern for understanding the complicated landscape of continental ...
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“My” “Perspective” on “Existence” [on hold]

There is no meaning to existence. It exists, and it disappears, everything in our perception will one day disappear, the world will end or the human race will end. The “You” means nothing to ...
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Does any meta-ethics claim moral discourse is impossible?

Background Suppose that what makes a value judgment moral, is its intrinsic rationality. In comparison: that I should take this bus, seems (both instrumental and) a judgment which depends upon ...
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Ayn Rand and “rationality”

When I was new to the internet, I found Rand fascinating - in an objectionable, quite horrid way. I find her prose quite gaudily turgid, but that's not what I mean: it seemed there was something ...
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Deconstruction in the works of Sarah Lucas.

Is the following paragraph talking about a specific artwork by Sarah Luca titled "Self- Portrait with Fried Eggs" or her series of photographs called "Self- Portrait"? What is the "eternal triangle" ...
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What's formal philosophy?

Some great logicians and mathematicians (e.g. Gödel) in the past have pointed (perhaps implicitly) to the possibility of formal philosophy (can be referred to as "exact philosophy" as well). I read it ...
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Has Marxism been defeated as philosophy?

"For understandable, if philosophically frivolous, reasons the collapse of the Soviet Union has been taken--especially in the media as signaling the defeat of Marxism qua philosophy", so writes Leiter ...
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Is moral value innate, or just non-accidental?

I was wondering if no moral value need be innate. Can moral value exist and be extrinsic: but the value still be genuinely a moral one on the grounds it's non-contingent or non-accidental? ...
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Is it really possible to walk on water with high speed? [on hold]

If we are able to but one step forward before the other sinks then we must be able to walk on water ?
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Irrelevance and Sartre's authenticity

Does Sartre ever talk about authenticity in terms of irrelevance? I think that authenticity means (amongst other things) not being both relevant and failing to act: that membership of a group which ...
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What are the most important criticisms of Popper's account of Falsification?

Karl Popper is mostly known for his falsification principle. I'm very familiar with his account and I understand it well. I've heard multiple times that there are some real issues with this account ...
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How to conquer the world? [on hold]

How would you conquer this planet? The only rule is that eventually you will have to announce some of your conquests to the world. I.e. you would have to be a public leader, not a secret guiding ...
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How do moral nihilists and realists define “morality”?

According to Wikipedia, Moral nihilism (also known as ethical nihilism) is the meta-ethical view that nothing is intrinsically moral or immoral. While Moral realism (also ethical realism) ...
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On the objective concept of time and/or grounding absolute time

A discussion on this question on 'grounding absolute time' prompted the following possibly clarifying, possibly unclarifying thought: In Newtons Principia, he defined two concepts of objective time: ...
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Are human lives always more important than animal lives?

Imagine a case: there is a fire in a house, there is a person and my pet dog and you only have enough time to save one. Which one should you should rescue? I think most people would choose the ...
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Can we conceive of noumena and do we need to?

The encyclopedia Britannica says: Kant’s immediate successors in German Idealism in fact rejected the noumenal as having no existence for man’s intelligence A few days ago I asked another ...
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what ethical rules must developers of AI adhere to for humane reasons?

As developers and neurologists advance their studies of intelligence, artificially intelligent software will be pursued. This may result in virtual entities which feel, think, and exist in a different ...
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The difference between argument, inference, deduction and proof?

I am trying to sort out the difference between argument, inference, deduction and proof. First, let's look at the distinction between argument and inference (if there is one). This online source ...
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Is there a content based equivalence of statements, separate from truth tables?

Consider the following truth table for the "equivalence" statement P | Q || P⇔Q T | T || T T | F || F F | T || F F | F || T which we define to be true when both the truth values of P and Q are the ...
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Meaning of “Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power”? [on hold]

Recently I watched "House of Cards" of Netflix and there was told a quote saying that "Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power". What does it mean?
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How can I be certain I exist? [on hold]

The question is simply: How can I be certain I exist? Or anything in this "world" for that matter?
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Nietzsche's perspective in Philosophy of Art

What is the meaning of the pair Apollonian and Dionysian in Nietzsche's philosophy of art? In which work does Nietzsche expand his view?
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Schopenhauer in Aesthetics [on hold]

What is the most influential contribution of Schopenhauer in Aesthetics? State the contributions that he made for Aesthetics in Philosophy.
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Schiller and Hegel's Philosophy of Art [on hold]

What is the perspective of Schiller and Hegel about the Philosophy of Art? What are their contributions in the field of Philosophy?
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Can We Know of The Existence of Something Without Sensations?

I am currently reading An Introduction To Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton. In the opening chapters of the book, he makes some very interesting statements, giving you plenty to mull over. ...
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Changing inconsistent to valid

I found the following passage in Mark Sainsbury's 'Logical Forms' If a collection of propositions is inconsistent, any argument whose premises consist of all but one of the collection, and whose ...
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Is there a school of thought that considers human less significant than other beings?

When discussing animal rights with friends, we talked about Anthropocentrism, Biocentrism and Ecocentrism. We were wondering if there is a school of thought that is the opposite of Anthropocentrism, ...
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Time and space – a subject of metaphysics?

The entry metaphysics from SEP (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) also deals with space and time, see chapter 3.2. I am not convinced that metaphysics does contribute with any new insight to the ...
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Does studying philosophy help finding answers to questions in life?

In an attempt to find answers for almost life-long critical questions specifically concerning epistemology and logic, I'm currently considering getting a degree in philosophy. For y'all who have ...
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Descriptions of mental states: objective or subjective?

Is the sentence "Bob likes eggs." objective or subjective? To flesh it out a bit, I'm using "likes" in the usual sense when applied to food; some combination of finding the food pleasing to eat, ...
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Concept of a future god

Quentin Meillassoux, Richard Kearney, and perhaps others have theorized about a God that has not existed in the past, does not presently exist, but may exist in the future, based on an ontology of ...
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How does Kant justify the introduction of the noumenon?

Kant introduces the notion of the noumenon in his critical philosophy; he also later demonstrates in his system that solipsism isn't possible. Is the introduction of the noumenon essential to this ...
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Belonging as a virtue

I'm interested in any values that stand up without being grounded in God or immortality; but which are achievable potentials. Does anyone in (analytic or not) philosophy claim that there is an ethic ...
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On Lucretious principle of interaction

Lucretious introduces a basic principle in his physics: the swerve (clinamen): Another basic principle you need to have a sound Understanding of: when bodies fall through empty space ...
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What is the difference between Lucretians concept of mass and Galileos?

It's generally taken that Galileo established the concept of mass; and usually this is illustrated by the apocrophyl story of two cannon-balls of differing size thrown simultaneously from the top of a ...
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Late Wittgenstein's metaphilosohy

Wittgenstein early metaphilosophy in the TLP basically gives philosophy the role of "riddler solver", that is, a discipline whose main task is to study language in order to clarify the meaning of ...
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What is it like to be “completely insane/deranged”? [on hold]

Thomas Nagel popularized the question "What is it like to be a bat?". The idea was to show that there is something more than physical involved in consciousness. My question is related but a little ...
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Who (else) dislikes rights?

I continually run across arguments where people fail to understand that morality is not always and automatically about rights per se, and particularly not necessarily about the intellectual equivalent ...
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How to find a purpose at life

Just watched the How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes: Adam Leipzig at TEDxMalibu He talks about 3 questions. Who you are ?(%90) What do you love to do "X" ? (%80) Who do you do "X" for ? ( ...
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What is the relationship between meaning and truth? [closed]

For all I can see, a sentence (or a string of symbols, etc) can only have a truth value if it is meaningful. What does this entail vis-à-vis the relationship between meaning and truth? Are a ...
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Tools to disidentify from your ego [closed]

I love thinking, therefore I am a philosopher. It helps me to evolve as a being. I can't think/feel of anything more important than growth. However, I (and many others) suffer from the fact that I ...
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Daniel Dennett and computational theory of mind

I just bought Daniel Dennett's book Consciousness Explained and was excited because it was the first time I read a book about the mind and so on. But then I watched a video where Dennett said that he ...
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How to deal with ¬∃ (negated existential quantifier) in a proof?

I need to prove that the following premises lead to a contradiction. ∀x (P(x) → Q(x)) ∃x ¬Q(x) ¬∃x (¬P(x)) A couple of things are confusing me. Does the first premise say that if x is a P then ...
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Newtons law saved by ad-hoc hypothesis?

In the early 1800’s it was found that the observed orbit of Uranus deviated from the theoretical predictions (based on Newton’s theory of gravity and a seven planet model of the solar system). Instead ...
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Confusion about Anaximander statement

I am a self taught Philosophy student, without any formal training in Philosophy. So, please bear with me if my question seems to be pretty basic or meaningless. In the book Looking at Philosophy by ...
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Jerry Fodor's differentiation in language of thought

How do we differentiate the early Fodor's language of thought and representation into his later mature view of language of thought and representation?

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