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How have deaf (or blind) people who hear (or see) for the first time changed philosophers' understanding of qualia?

Here's how the physicist David Deutsch (2011) describes qualia: Consider the following thought experiment. You are a biochemist with the misfortune to have been born with a genetic defect that ...

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answered by CriglCragl 0 votes

Can a true sentence be a lie?

My question is simple - can a true statement be a lie - that is, can the pragmatics of use of a true sentence (context, intension, effects, etc) make a true statement into a lie? Intuitively it seems ...

truth semantics pragmatics  
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answered by tkruse 1 vote

Can animals follow logical rules of inference?

I've been trying to recall a thought experiment, which I very vaguely remember to have come across either in Davidson or Dennett, that considers the following scenario: A hound is chasing its quarry ...

philosophy-of-science philosophy-of-mind philosophy-of-logic rationality philosophy-of-biology  
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answered by Conifold 4 votes

Logical fallacy for dismissing criticism due to past mistakes

Often it is claimed that a country or group can't judge others due to similar mistakes made in the past by the group which is criticizing. For example, I have seen people claiming that the UK can't ...

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answered by Lukas 0 votes

What is free will free of?

Free will can be seen as freedom "to" and freedom "from". What is it freedom from? Is free will free of logic? Is free will free of cause and effect? What is free will free from?

asked by C. Stroud 2 votes
answered by Ted Wrigley 1 vote

Why does cause exist?

We intuitively believe that everything must have a cause. If that is true, does it mean that causation itelf must have a cause? To be clear, I do NOT mean "does the cause of a cause have a ...

asked by Philosopher 101 2 votes

How can someone infer something does not exist?

First, I came across the Penrose triangle and then a variety of impossible objects. I understand that an object might not exist in a specific domain. For example, Penrose triangle does not exist in 3 ...

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answered by tkruse 1 vote

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What is the Difference Between Human Rights and Natural Rights?

When people discuss the human rights and natural rights, there seems to be a distinction between the two, where standard interpretations of human rights (such as the Universal Declaration of Human ...

ethics political-philosophy human-rights locke  
asked by Kupyn 13 votes
answered by virmaior 8 votes

How do I use the "Barbara, Celarent, … etc." mnemonic?

Medieval logicians memorized this most famous logic mnemonic: Barbara, Celarent, Darii, Ferio ← direct first figure Baralipton, Celantes, Dabitis, Fapesmo, Frisesomorum ← indirect first figure ...

logic reference-request syllogism medieval-logic  
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answered by Geremia 6 votes

What is the difference between Rule Utilitarianism and Act Utilitarianism?

Based on the definitions given by Wikipedia , Rule Utilitarianism and Act Utilitarianism both seems to imply the same meaning Rule Utilitarianism Action is right as it conforms to a rule that ...

ethics utilitarianism  
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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 ...

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answered by Eric Duminil 86 votes

Where does this Alan Watts audio clip come from?

I'm trying to locate the source of an Alan Watts quote/audio clip that has been used in numerous YouTube edits. It is referenced in some places as the 'Falling Into Love' lecture, but there is no such ...

reference-request quote love  
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answered by nir 5 votes

Is there a term for the belief that "if it's legal, it's moral"?

Sometimes I hear arguments that seem to appeal to the fact that something is morally permissible because it is legally permitted. For example: Abortion is moral because it's legally permitted. ...

ethics terminology philosophy-of-law  
asked by Thunderforge 43 votes
answered by jo1storm 49 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  
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answered by Benoît 36 votes

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Nietzsche's stance on how language makes us live in a world of "things" and "events"

In A Teacher's Introduction to Postmodernism by R. Linn, it says: Whereas Kant argued that the concept of a "thing", as opposed to en "event", was produced in consciousness as a ...

philosophy-of-language nietzsche  
asked by Chegon 1 vote

contradictio in adjecto

Arthur schopenhauer comments on Spinoza's God accordingly: For the word God, honestly used, means a cause such as this of the world, with the addition of personality. An impersonal God is, on the ...

spinoza schopenhauer reason  
asked by Ahmad Ab 1 vote
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