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Why does Justice Breyer say himself that his is not a logical argument?

At the 1 hr 10 mins 0 secs instant, Justice Stephen G Breyer says: I obviously have not convinced you. [laughter] I’m just trying to acquaint you with the arguments on the two sides. I forgot one ...
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On Kant's Universalisability

Yes, I have read the other questions on Universalisability - mine is quite different. The question is: if the action in question were hypothetically universalised (i.e everyone could do it), would ...
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Rebuttal for modus ponens

Saw this (WP:"What the Tortoise said to Achilles") on the internet. A summary is as follows. The common argument is: A: If p then q B: p C: Therefore q. This raises the following question: what if ...
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What's the key unstated assumption? - Test 3, Q5, p 135, by Mark Shepherd [closed]

The passage is 29 here. 5 Which of the following is a key unstated assumption of the writer? (a) Anything can be an historical source (b) It is impossible to be sure of the validity of a source (c) ...
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What can be inferred about merit goods? - Test 2, Q19, p 119, by Mark Shepherd [closed]

The passage is on the page above question 29 here. For want of brevity, I don't repaste them here. (a) INCORRECT. It is not true to say that consumers have no incentive to spend on merit goods, as ...
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Does the alleged answer overinfer? - Test 2, Q21, p 113, by Mark Shepherd [closed]

The passage is exactly this. 21 It is implied that public opinion has changed most on which issue in recent years? (a) Unmarried heterosexual couples (b) Gay couples (c) Neither (d) Both (e) There is ...
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Why isn't this the main point on math vs biology? - Test 2, Q5, p 104, by Mark Shepherd [closed]

The following only applies from the 1st paragraph, to the first 3 sentences in the 5th para (= last paragraph above the heading 'The Past'); please exclude and stop reading once you see 'For example, ...
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Doesn't this passage state the word 'gay' prevails? - Test 1, Q9, p 74, by Mark Shepherd

The word ‘gay’ is commonly used as an insult in British playgrounds. With homophobia on the increase in schools, should teachers be doing more to stop such name- calling? Calling something, or ...
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Cultural relativism - Test 1, Q19, by Mark Shepherd

Cultural relativism is the view that all ethical truth is relative to a specifi ed culture. According to cultural relativism, it is never true to say simply that a certain kind of behaviour is right ...
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Malthus's argument on population - Test 1, Q14, by Mark Shepherd

I took a practice test for a law exam and am having difficulty with understanding the logic behind a question. Apologies for the length, but I included the whole question and details for completeness. ...
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Conviction about a system from pseudo-proofs of its truths

I vaguely recall a description about manifestations of the truths offered by a system being pseudo-proofs for that system to be right, in a context in which logical certainty is not possible. Consider ...
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Is fence sitting ever admirable and valuable?

This quote is from a website for an undergraduate law admissions test of 40 minutes: Don’t sit on the fence. Don’t say that each side in an argument has a point unless you go on to say which point ...
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Tu quoque and scientific anti-philosophy

Unless I misunderstood this recent thread, the scientifically minded can legitimately only believe in science (not philosophy), and what is "robust and reliable", it's just that they don't prove it's ...
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Visciously circular arguments against philosophy

Science seeks to explain natural events with natural causes. The Turing hypothesis does this. Beyond the bounds of science, there is no objective argument for anything really, just ...
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What sense does Pascal's wager take on after God has died?

What would a Nietzschean wager look like? Can we imagine such a thing? I'm not asking about the eternal return (unless you can include mention of Pascal in your answer.)
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How have philosophers tried to argue for qualia?

What is the difference between the intuition that there is something it is like, qualitative experience, and faith in it? Is it possible to convince someone who doesn't believe there is something it ...
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Is “do as caesar does” a fallacy?

Is there a name for the fallacy that to do something one has to do it as its most famous / powerful proponent does? I'm thinking about Marxism.
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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 ...