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Is it ever appropriate or reasonable to use pejorative expletives in public discussion?

This is a vague question as stated, and I'm afraid I can only narrow it down by throwing together what I think are related ideas: that there may be a differential use of "f*** you" in a particular ...
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Thought experiment: Argument whose life is more valuable organic or mechanical? [closed]

Let's consider the following scenario: There is a really important mission consisting of a team of two individuals: a sentient, artificially intelligent robot and a human. If the mission fails, ...
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Is this a ridiculous argument: “If the land contains Chinese-made products many thousand years ago then that land belongs to China's territory”? [closed]

Ok, let see this argument: If A then B, A therefore B Look at the picture below, do you see the red line? & do you see many small islands inside the red line? For thousands years these ...
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Why is argument by analogy invalid?

There is a well known fallacy called the "argument by analogy" fallacy. As I understand it, the fallacy occurs in a situation where someone makes a reasonable comparison between two situations and ...
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Is it Unethical to Use Sarcasm?

I am trying to find an ideal example of when it is best to use Sarcasm. It seems that sarcasm in general is a rude, and disrespectful approach to talk to someone. I can see how it may be used to prove ...
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Does hypocrisy invalidate an argument?

I was listening to a political podcast and David Poltz (one of the presenters) said of an argument that he was unconcerned whether the argument was hypocritical. I found that attitude jarring, ...
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What are the rules of postulating?

When a person wants to postulate something, what are the rules and best practices he can adhere too? How should the idea one is trying to express be formulated?
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Does brevity justify using neologisms whose meaning is obvious (e.g. quality of being a dog = doghood) in philosophical writing

Philosophers seem to use more neologisms than most other academics. Novel permutations of morphemes seem especially prevalent. I suspect most people apprehend the meanings of words like ...
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Gun Control vs. Drunk Driving

I just read "Is 'guns don't kill people people kill people' a good argument?" and it reminds me of another argument. I would like your opinion on whether or not it is a good argument. Gun Control ...
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How to point out argumentation fallacy in “real life”

I often come up discussing (peacefully!) with people on a wide spectrum of topics, and equally often I have to debunk flawed arguments, in logic sense (see for example this question). However I can't ...
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Is 'guns don't kill people people kill people' a good argument?

I'm hearing the argument X doesn't do Y people do Y in quite a few guises. For instance in it's original form guns don't kill people; people kill people Presumably, therefore guns are OK ...
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Does this reduction to the absurd bastardize the technique?

I have a small-claims matter pending with the courts in my state. Here, self-represented parties are required to attend an information session, which I attended today. During this session the ...
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Computational counter-argument for solipsism

First let me elaborate the argument. Take a calculator (wolframalpha, google or other software tools may serve as well). Perform some very complex operation. Write down the operation and the result ...
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What are the better discussion sites for moral philosophy?

I'm looking for mailing lists, web forums and other discussion sites. I hope to participate myself, so the sites must be more-or-less openly accessible. The topic that interests me is moral ...
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What fallacy/fallacies are present when a person discredits another person's arguments, by claiming they are not arguing for their own position?

Example: Person A argues that skipping breakfast has no effect on a person likelihood to gain weight. Person B takes the position opposite that breakfast in fact curves hunger and chances of putting ...
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How to teach meta level discussion about controversial topics

I had a very heated discussion lately about a video of a Rap Battle. Of course, in such a battle the language is extremely rude. I am talking about the lowest, harshest and most discriminatingly evil ...
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Argumentum ab ignavia

As a follow on from this question. How do you counter to argument, which I will nickname “Argumentum ab ignavia” which goes along the pseudo Socratic lines of: “I have no real evidence on your ...
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Is argument that two theories are equally valid because I am not an expert “argument ad ignoratum”

I am trying to get to grips with an argument with a friend, whereby he argues that because he does not have the full facts or because one theory is not 100% proven means that both competing theories ...
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Sound and Unsound arguments?

I've been taking this Philosophy courses at my college and I got stuck at these homework. It asks to identify in the given paragraph which arguments is sound or unsound, and if it is unsound, I have ...
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What is the argument in this Paragraph

What is the argument in this Paragraph (Aquinas's Five Ways): The fifth way is taken from the governance of the world. We see that things which lack intelligence, such as natural bodies, act for an ...
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Argument Analysis; Circumstances vs. Causation

A friend of mine likes to contrive arguments that are usually innately invalid but skewed in such a way to make them seem logical so as to suit his needs. I can most always identify the core flaw of ...
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What do you call a question that is built upon a condition that can never happen? And how do I approach it?

DISCLAIMER: I not a philosophy student. I am just confused and trying to seek an answer. Suppose I am sincerely concerned and asked this question: I should keep a pink unicorn in my back yard, but ...
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Fallacy: shifting the point of the conversation

A: "Biologically men and women are different, and therefore it shouldn't surprise they have different salary on average". B: "That is obvious. But you cannot derive from such a difference in terms of ...
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What do you call this argument? - “If you’re going to boycott Israel, please remove the Intel chip that allows you to speak” [closed]

So I was reading about Stephen Hawking and his boycott of an academic function in Israel when I read a comment that went like this: "If you’re going to boycott Israel, please remove the Intel chip ...
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Analyze this argument [duplicate]

Analyze the following argument: God is All Powerful, omnipotent and omniscient. If God can do anything, can He create something that even He can't affect (e.g. a stone so heavy that He can't lift ...
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What is this type of faulty reasoning called?

If one were to reason that most poor people worry about money and most UBER-wealthy people don't worry about money, and they want to be UBER-wealthy, than they should simply not worry about money... ...
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Is “Don't blame me; I voted for ___” a bad argument?

Is there a fallacy in the argument, "Don't blame me; I voted for ..."? Or is a voter's entire responsibility for their contribution to whatever current state of political affairs they experience ...
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On consistency as a univerally recognized value, and arguments using this principle

Consider this dialogue: John: If I bet you a dollar this quarter would land heads, would you accept? Jane: Yes. John: If I bet you a dollar this nickel would land heads, would you ...
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On validity of Modus Ponens

I am having trouble understanding what defines Entailment operator. On Mathoverflow I posted this question on what I perceive to be paradox of entailment. Consider: Modus Ponens: P therefore Q P ...
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Why is infinite regress a problem for ontological explanations?

Suppose some ontological theory creates an infinite regress. Take, for example, Platon's concept of ideas, and then there must be some connection between idea and its actualisation, and then this ...
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How to be a good critic?

How can we be a good critic when facing people's rigid beliefs? I'm interested in how to attack (logically) their dogmatic beliefs to have a "good" influence on their minds, because if we just attack ...
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an argument about a logic question

I've had an argument with someone and I would like to know for sure if I'm right. I don't know if you have heard of the board game "Catan", it's not really important. Well, long story short, at the ...
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How can I solve my contradictory thoughts about the relevance of human knowledge?

I have been thinking about how much we can know and more important: which knowledge should be relevant to us? First I will explain my thoughts to you. They will end in a questionable conclusion for ...
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Is there a category or grouping of logical strategies that focuses on “anti-fallacious” techniques?

Original Question: I am a newbie, but am interested in some perspective here. I find it fascinating to examine and read about fallacies commonly used as techniques to gain an upper hand in debate. ...
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Validity of arguments with respect to formal logic

I'm taking a course at university about philosophical reasoning / argumentation. The professor came up with an example where formal logic was wrong: 1. If Dave is in London, then he is in England. ...
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What, if any, common fallacy would relate to an appeal to the importance or gravity of a situation?

Is there any common fallacy that might fit the following 'syllogism'? X is important, or urgent Therefore, X Here's an example of a conversation where this could come up: It's conceivable that ...
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Is the argument that a claim is “too strange to be made up” an appeal to logos or pathos?

When someone tries to persuade you of the truth of something they said and they use the argument that it is too strange to be made up (or any variations of this, such as "too complicated to be ...