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Are humans and other animals machines?

It has been said that biological organisms are one kind of machine, albeit highly complex ones. But is this really true? To answer this question, one needs a precise definition of "machine". ...

terminology definitions  
asked by user107952 Score of 10
answered by BillOnne Score of 11

Is there "empirical" distance without "mathematical" distance?

Mathematicians since antiquity have been thinking about length and angle, including doing things with straight-edges, rulers, compasses, and protractors. Fast-forward to modern physics, and you'll see ...

philosophy-of-mathematics philosophy-of-physics empiricism rationalism measurement-theory  
asked by Galen Score of 8
answered by Ted Wrigley Score of 8

Why do universities not teach more nuanced philosophical positions to CS undergraduates?

I had a conversation with an user on the Internet. And it did indeed wake my interest regarding something that I had been asking myself as well long ago. Why do so many universities still teach ...

philosophy-of-mathematics foundations-of-mathematics constructivism type-theory  
asked by Tetragrammaton Score of 6
answered by Papuseme Score of 13

Does Kant implicitly commit the paralogism of pure reason when saying that to have a representation it is necessary to accom­pany it with 'I think'?

In Caygill's Kant Dictionary entry of 'I Think' there is this part: Kant further claims that 'I think' is the necessary vehicle/form/accom­paniment of experience: to have a representation it is ...

epistemology metaphysics ontology kant existence  
asked by gsmafra Score of 4

Gradations of epistemological categories

For my philosophy discussion group, I am looking for real life examples that would fit the above illustration. What would be some good examples? Data is a collection of facts, while information puts ...

epistemology knowledge reason information introduction-to-philosophy  
asked by blackened Score of 4
answered by J D Score of 2

Are mathematical proofs subject to the problem of induction?

When I consider a proof, such as Euclid's proof of the infinitude of primes, it can give a sense that something necessarily true has been obtained. I cannot remember where I got the idea, but a few ...

epistemology philosophy-of-mathematics induction  
asked by Galen Score of 3
answered by Papuseme Score of 3

If he wanted to, he would x (Logical Fallacy?)

Not sure if this is the correct stack site to post, but is this a fallacy & if so, which one? Curious about this as this has been a trending saying lately. If he wanted to, he would x (Logical ...

fallacies  
asked by guest Score of 3
answered by Roger Score of 2

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What does Kant mean by "Existence is not a predicate"?

What does Kant mean by "Existence is not a predicate"? How does that invalidate the ontological arguments? and how can he show that it's not a predicate? By predicate, I think he means a "property"...

kant ontology philosophy-of-religion ontological-argument  
asked by Fawzy Hegab Score of 10

Is 4D space metaphysically possible?

It is often said humans can't imagine 4D space due to limitations of our mind, but is this really the case or is 4D (and other n-dimensions greater than 3) truly metaphysically impossible, meaning ...

metaphysics space  
asked by user289980 Score of 10
answered by Stig Hemmer Score of 3

Did Plato say “Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow”?

“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” is a phrase popularly attributed to Plato on the internet, but after extensive googling, I can't see any reference to any ...

plato quote  
asked by Abijah Score of 18
answered by Hypnosifl Score of 49

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 Score of 40
answered by Double Knot Score of 55

What exactly do 'objective' and 'subjective' mean in contemporary philosophy?

I'm pretty new to philosophy and I just have a quick question in regards to about how people use the terms 'objective' and 'subjective'. Does objective value mean anything that is independent of one'...

ethics terminology  
asked by James Score of 11
answered by stoicfury Score of 7

Why is faith seen as a sign of weakness, instead of an unexplored land/opportunity?

Hope this is the right place to put this question! I am a person of faith (more specific, a Christian) and most of the time people consider me somehow inferior for my belief. I am not antisocial, not ...

philosophy-of-religion faith  
asked by lukuss Score of 65
answered by elias_d Score of 80

What is the name of the fallacy where people assume that complex ideas are automatically better?

I often hear variations of the following premise in people's discussions: Your argument is too simplistic Which means that this simplicity is undesirable for some reason not present in the argument. ...

fallacies  
asked by Red Banana Score of 17
answered by kaya3 Score of 33

Can you answer these questions?

Just finished reading Spinoza's ethics, which critics of Spinoza are most often recommended?

When I was in college, around 1984, Jonathan Bennett was famous as an important critic. At this point, I find myself a bit confused. I feel that I am very clear on Spinoza's arguments but I am having ...

spinoza  
asked by Larry Freeman Score of 3

Is there a line between philosophy which problems are solvable by "pure thought" and which aren't?

It seems to me like a lot of arguments in philosophy are aided by insights of science, math, etc. For example, the relation between evolution and morals or Kant and geometry (and later non-Euclidian ...

history-of-philosophy metaphilosophy introduction-to-philosophy  
asked by More Anonymous Score of 1
answered by J D Score of 0

What approaches are there to resolving the problem of new theories in Bayesian epistemology?

Bayesianism is thought to have a problem accounting for the development of new theories/beliefs. Since Bayesians would like to proceed by updating prior credences in response to new evidence via ...

epistemology bayesian  
asked by Rando McRandom Score of 2
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