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Does there a unifying concept of sin that works for all religions?

If we agree with the definition from Wikipedia, i.e. that it is "an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law," then it would be the divine law (and not us) that decides what sin ...
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Concepts as Mental Representations

The SEP entry on concepts is heavily committed to an RTM functionalism characterization of concepts as mental representations. But, it makes no real mention of alternatives to this position. Are there ...
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Are concepts necessarily false even if useful?

I was listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson on Star Talk the other day, and he was answering a question about orbits. But he added that it's not entirely true that, for instance, the earth orbits the sun, ...
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What is the difference between an 'idea' and a 'concept'?

What is the difference between an 'idea' and a 'concept'? Has a distinction between the two terms been settled and accepted by most modern philosophers?
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Is there a conceptual definition of “success”?

The term success if often found in modern western culture. Without further thinking, success in its most common context is related to either an increase in wealth or social status. But the notion of ...
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How does indefinability affect existence?

If something cannot be defined using outside references, does that mean that such a thing does not exist? For example, Totality (supposed to mean absolutely everything including this statement) ...
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Difference between subject and individual by Marx

I would like to know the difference of the concepts of subject and individual philosophically speaking, I'm studying subjectivity theory in Marx and I have doubts about the difference between these ...
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How are separation of concerns, hierarchy and order related?

While fighting with the interaction between local and global aspects for the solution of the Helmholtz equation, I realized that a hierarchical multilevel method may not necessarily be applicable for ...
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Distinction between 'essence','substance', 'being', 'existence' and 'entity'?

They're all important notions in Philosophy. They seem different but are easily mixed up. Substance can mean essence but also existence. Entity seems to be a special being. So my question: What's the ...
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What is the difference between paradoxical, dialectical and tautologous?

Can the above words be used interchangeably? The phrase "circular reasoning" is mentioned under "paradox" in wikipedia, which led me to think about "tautology". I understand "dialectical" to mean (a ...
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Hegelian “essence” and Kantian “concept”

I think I've found a paralelism between these two notions, at least to some extent. For Kant defines (in Logic, I, I, ยง1, also translated) concept as "an universal representation" Every knowledge, ...