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Nomenclatural/Semantic Question in re: Semiotics

I just had a quick nomenclatural/semantic question regarding the usage of the term "semiotics". Thought this would be a good place to ask it, so here I am. Anyways, my question has to do with using ...
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Term for skepticism about whether a concept is meaningful

What is the term for the philosophical stance that a given concept which people seem to imbue with meaning actually has no meaning, especially if this means it makes no sense to speak of believing in ...
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What is it that you don't know?

Imagine the following situation of a pretty wise master and his best student. Master..: I know everything. Student: So, what is it that you don't know? Master..: How to solve a paradoxon. How ...
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Is a couple living in symbiosis?

I think the answer is yes. Since male and female can live on their own. But for the sake of reproduction and child rearing some form of symbiosis can develop.
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*Gödel, Escher, Bach* quote illustrating syntax vs. semantics?

On what page of Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach (GEB) is the paragraph he quotes which is syntactically correct but almost completely void of any meaning except for a very esoteric group of ...
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Learning a language from a dictionary

There's a nice question I thought about, and I'd like to know more about it. I would assume it has been discussed many times, but I'm not sure what its called so I'm having trouble finding any texts ...
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What is the difference between 'meaning' and 'reference' for Putnam?

In Reason, Truth and History, Putnam talks about 'meaning' and 'reference', but I don't understand the difference between the two for him. He says: what goes on inside our head does not determine ...
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Which is the difference between akrasia and procrastination?

I researched in some sources but I'm not pretty sure if they are accurate: Akrasia "...occasionally transliterated as acrasia, is the state of acting against one's better judgment." Procastination ...
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Is scientific progress an illusion?

I was reading CS Lewis ideas on Chronological snobbery. What stuck to me is the question on whether in a century's time we are all going to bemoan how ignorant humanity was in the 21'st century. Some ...
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Is this a reasonable weak classical Deontic Logic?

I am writing a paper at the moment and an area of Deontic Logic has cropped up in it. I know very little about the area and I was wondering if people could give me opinions on the axiomatic system ...
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Can something be nothing?

I am confused about this question. It may have a simple answer of which I have overlooked. Can something be nothing? Because I believe nothing must be something, like a fact or idea of no thing ...
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Logic Notation Question: [[A]] vs. ⌈A⌉

Let A stand for an arbitrary proposition. I've read some papers recently that use differing notation on expressing the notion that "A is true". The two I'm concerned about are as follows: (1) ...
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“It is epistemically necessary that P” versus “It is known that P”

Loosely, are the following two statements equivalent? (1) It is epistemically necessary that P. (2) It is known that P. If they are not, in what ways could they be different? I'm thinking in terms ...
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Understanding the Deliberative “Ought”

I'm trying to understand just what exactly the deliberative "ought" denotes. Are there any conceptual differences between the following three utterances? (1) S ought, deliberatively speaking, A. ...
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Is reasoning an english gerund implying an awake,well mind.? [closed]

To Quote the Tag : Logic is the study of formal systems of reasoning, especially of the deductive variety. Reasoning implies the subject ie The mind. If the mind is implied then perhaps only ...
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The proper definition of atheism

What is the proper definition of atheism? I have heard people talking about atheism being a lack of beliefs or an absence of faith. That does not strike me as a very good definition though as every ...
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One-placed intersection operator

What is the meaning of a formulation like: "A iff ∩A ⊆p" A is a set of propositions, p is a specific proposition, and the whole formulation is explicated as "There is no possible world where all ...
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What are the dialetheist semantics for logical negation?

This question is in a sense a follow-up, or elaboration, of the question "What are the motivations for Dialetheism?". Reflecting on the way I phrased that question, and the way I remarked on answers, ...
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What is the difference between a fictional concept and an abstract concept?

In another question, a commenter noted that karma and rebirth are fictional concepts. Is there a difference between a fictional concept and an abstract one? Can something be both? Conversely, does an ...
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What did Kierkegaard consider to be “reflection”?

After mentioning Kierkegaard's leveling and mathematical equality concepts, this passage is quoted: The individual no longer belongs to God, to himself, to his beloved, to his art or to his ...
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Does this analogy about translations illuminate, or obfuscate, the nature of belief?

I'm engaged in a discussion with somebody about the nature of belief. I've been arguing that belief is an attitude toward a proposition, and that in order to believe something, you necessarily have to ...
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What is the difference between Law of Excluded Middle and Principle of Bivalence?

Law of Excluded Middle: In logic, the law of excluded middle (or the principle of excluded middle) is the third of the so-called three classic laws of thought. It states that for any ...
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What is the difference between item class and item instance?

I am working on a web site that has products information. Products, let's say consumer electronics, are represented by classes which describe different properties or groups of properties. Some classes ...
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The paradox of the raven and Kratzer's account of “if-then”

I have just read Angelika Kratzer's paper "Conditionals". In this paper Kratzer rejects the traditional account of the "if-then" construction in English as a two-place material implication operator, ...