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Where can one “peer discuss” an unpublished short paper?

Do you know of an online website where one can present an unpublished short paper for some feedback? I am interested in a discussion of the ideas themselves, not in help editing it into academic form ...
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Are all the consequences of a science in the science's principles?

"Chaotic" differential equations are very simple principles compared to the more complex consequences of them. For example, the equations modeling the motion of a double-pendulum, ,are relatively ...
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Does Sartre ever talk about irrelevance?

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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Is Belnap's four-valued logic technically a relevance logic?

Belnap, the American Logician, constructed a four-valued logic which is a form of relavance logic; interestingly the truth-values it takes are: true false both true & false neither ...
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Have any metaphysics arguments been critiqued along the lines of Turing Equivalence in computer languages?

I'm interested in those areas of philosophy for which modern theories of information science offer intuitive explanations and useful solutions to questions historically included under the subject of ...
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What distinctions does Quine draw between ontological and ideological commitments?

Quine held in "On What There Is" the following: "A theory is commited to those and those entities to which the bound variables of the theory must be capable of referring in order that the ...
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Should modern empiricists embrace string theory?

Conventional wisdom says "no", lack of new predictions being the main criticism. Johansson and Matsubara review string theory from various empiricist perspectives, and the best they can say (for ...
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What are some books on the foundations of logic and its philosophy?

I think the title pretty much sums up what I'm looking for, but just to elaborate a bit, I'm looking for something that goes into the philosophical basis for logic. Something that investigates the ...
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Are there any critical responses to Peter Winch?

In The Idea of a Social Science, Winch takes a hard stance against naturalistic and positive accounts of social phenomena. In fact, he argues that we cannot understand the meaning of social action ...
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Can someone give me a natural deduction proof for this argument?

I am defending the usefulness of modern logic to a class and I came across this modalized version of a Thomistic argument (https://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Reli/ReliMayd.htm). However, although I have ...
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Are there any proofs of the necessity of a mind-independent “reality”?

Are there any classic proofs of the necessity of a mind-independent "reality," along the lines of Anselm's proof of God?
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A Neo-Kantian View on Causality?

Quantum non-determinism seems incompatible with Kant’s defense of causality in his Second Analogy. Stephen R. Palmquist however provides an interesting and appealing case against this supposition, ...
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Did Easterlin paradox and Scitovsky joyless economy disprove utilitarianism?

Utilitarianism is defined as follows: Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the best moral action is the one that maximizes utility. Utility is defined in various ways, but ...
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What is the connection between Hegel's “world of senses” “1st supersensible world” & “2nd supersensible world”?

Question In the Phenomenology of Spirit, in the chapter "Force and Understanding" Hegel claims that the understanding (Verstand) encounters the 2nd law, which in turn creates the 2nd supersensible ...
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Can anyone tell me if I interpreted Schopenhauers ethic correctly?

May anyone please help me if I interpreted Schopenhauers ethics correctly/have forgotten something important: "Important for the ethics of schopenhauer is the egoism - because you see yourself as the ...

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