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Fallacy by Sherlock Holmes 'Eliminate the impossible, and what remains must be the truth'

In The Sign of Four, Holmes asks Watson: "How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" This may be ...

epistemology fallacies deduction  
asked by Mogli 35 votes
answered by Double Knot 55 votes

Plato: Philebus and the Republic's theory of the tripartite soul

I am looking at Plato's Philebus. My straightforward question is whether anybody has ever read Plato's theory of the tripartite soul as an underlying theme of the Philebus too. Republic Philebus ...

plato  
asked by mario 2 votes
answered by Favio Villaseñor 0 votes

Reference needed: why is the Liar Paradox regarded as not important/fringe by some?

Most people, when first encountering the Liar Paradox, react in one of two ways. One reaction is not to take the Paradox seriously and say they will not reason any more about it. - Dowden, IEP article ...

reference-request paradox dialetheism  
asked by Daniel Mak 2 votes
answered by Fizz 4 votes

Questioning Kant's resolution to induction

From what I haved gathered from the first sections of the Critique, Kant wants to resolve the problem of induction by adding the a priori concept of (the necessity between) cause and effect to our ...

kant hume induction  
asked by Josh Abel 2 votes

How do we arrive at stronger theories in mathematics/logic?

A reasonable aim of formal mathematics/logic is to build systems which can "interpret" many things. As an example, ZFC can interpret a number of things. Incompleteness Theorems provide us ...

logic symbolic-logic set-theory foundations-of-mathematics formalisation  
asked by Ajax 1 vote
answered by Kori Peter 0 votes

Forcing and justification

In "The set-theoretic multiverse," Hamkins talks about forcing giving us "glimpses" of other set-theoretic universes. He states his position as a Platonistic one, i.e. these "...

set-theory multiverse justification  
asked by Kristian Berry 1 vote

Why is harmonic strength and richness in math (ie 2:1, 3:2, 4:3) not emphasized in the nature of the worlds design and evolution

Based on my understanding of music, math, physics, and even philosophy, I do not understand why the beauty of harmonic simplicity and strength between whole numbers is not discussed much at all when ...

metaphysics theology  
asked by n2abyss 1 vote
answered by David Gudeman 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Deontology: Perfect vs. Imperfect Duties

I have a question regarding Kant's deontological Maxim of both Perfect and Imperfect duties. What I know about them is that Perfect duties require a person to perform a certain "action" all the time, ...

kant categorical-imperative  
asked by AskingQnsPro 9 votes
answered by virmaior 4 votes

Why does the universe obey scientific laws?

As far as anyone is aware, the universe consistently acts according to predictable laws (and scientific inquiry exists to determine those laws). Is there any metaphysical reason for this? Is such a ...

philosophy-of-science metaphysics  
asked by That Guy 57 votes
answered by Bobson 35 votes

Example of an unsound argument with true premise and true conclusions

I'm doing an introductory undergraduate course on philosophy. I was reading an introduction to what argument is and what kinds of arguments there are when I came across this. 'Soundness: An argument ...

argumentation soundness  
asked by user140161 4 votes
answered by Eliran 11 votes

How does one know one is not dreaming?

How does one know one is not dreaming? How could one logically demonstrate to a skeptic that one is "really" there, awake and not just dreaming the entire situation/world around him? Specifically ...

epistemology metaphysics reference-request phenomenology dreams  
asked by wizlog 104 votes
answered by Benoît 38 votes

What would happen if suddenly, 1+1=2 is disproved?

Would the universe be thrown into chaos when the most fundamental equation is proved to be wrong?

philosophy-of-mathematics  
asked by Peter Johnmeyer 23 votes
answered by R.M. 109 votes

What is the difference between philosophy and religion?

How do you make the distinction between philosophy and religion? Are there some philosophies/religions that are hard to categorize as being one or the other?

philosophy-of-religion  
asked by language theorist 14 votes
answered by Michael Dorfman 16 votes

Is atheism just another form of dogma?

I was raised Catholic, and part of my motivation for leaving Catholicism was my dislike of any kind of enforced structure. However, to my surprise, it seems like Atheism is also dogmatic. Is this ...

atheism  
asked by user189728 32 votes
answered by Eric Duminil 86 votes
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