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Why bother with anything else besides Aristotle's syllogistic logic?

Disclaimer: this a "devil's advocate's question", meaning I know a lot of the answer, but for the sake of playing the Q&A game, I won't self-answer right away. The main reason I'm ...

logic argumentation aristotle syllogism  
asked by Fizz 6 votes
answered by Bumble 11 votes

A broad question on Deleuze's analysis of kantian philosophy ( doctrine of faculties)

In Kant's Critical Philosophy ( Doctrine of faculties) Deleuze displays a 2-dimensional analysis of mind faculties (1) faculties defined by the relation between the representation, the object and the ...

epistemology kant  
asked by Floridus Floridi 3 votes
answered by Philip Klöcking 1 vote

Why can anything be discovered in mathematics at all?

Imagine a Perfect Mathematician that has superhuman abilities -- if you give him or her a formal foundational system for mathematics like ZFC with all the underlying logical machinery, he or she is ...

epistemology philosophy-of-mathematics foundations-of-mathematics  
asked by Alex 3 votes
answered by user21820 3 votes

Is software a real thing

In computer science education, there exists a dichotomy between what we call "hardware" and what we call "software". Software can exist as patterns on hardware and also as a purely ...

ontology terminology computation  
asked by lmn32 2 votes
answered by Double Knot 0 votes

Moral constructivism and intuitionistic logic

What with all the times Rawls uses mathematics examples in AToJ, such as the guy who counts blades of grass for fun and survives by solving math problems for a fee, or π being transcendental, or the ...

rawls intuitionistic-logic  
asked by Kristian Berry 2 votes

Is the mind a substance in dual aspect monism?

I'm having a difficulty of the concept of the mind in dual aspect monism. Is the mind a substance in this philosophy of mind?

philosophy-of-mind dualism  
asked by Nick 2 votes
answered by Wayfarer 1 vote

What's the relationship between physical and logical causation?

I have always presumed that logical causation - such as logical rules like the formation of a valid syllogism, or the law of the excluded middle - operate independently of physical causation. That is, ...

logic metaphysics causation physicalism  
asked by Wayfarer 1 vote
answered by Nathanaël GIROD 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the difference between "necessary" and "sufficient"?

What is the logical difference between something being necessary in order for something else to be true; as opposed to something being sufficient to make something else true. i.e. Fuel is sufficient ...

asked by eMansipater 21 votes
answered by eMansipater 25 votes

What did Socrates teach which lead to his conviction that he spoiled youth and taught other Gods?

Socrates was finally sentenced to death because his judges declared that he spoiled youth by his teachings and that he learned other Gods. But what precisely did he teach?

asked by Marijn 19 votes
answered by yshavit 17 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?

asked by Peter Johnmeyer 23 votes
answered by R.M. 109 votes

, it is precisely facts that do not exist, only interpretations… As translated in The Portable Nietzsche (1954) by Walter Kaufmann, p. 458

I came across this philosophical thought. There are no facts, only interpretations written by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). I tried to understand it but cannot get a satisfying answer. What ...

epistemology nietzsche positivism  
asked by NullPointer 10 votes
answered by commando 18 votes

How can experts disagree despite having access to the same facts?

How is it possible that experts in a certain field can disagree despite given access to the same facts? For example in science, why is there disagreement when given access to the exact same ...

asked by Michael 10 votes
answered by Harrichael 7 votes

Why is Nietzsche so against Socrates?

Nietzsche recalls the story that Socrates says that 'he has been a long time sick', meaning that life itself is a sickness; Nietszche accuses him of being a sick man, a man against the instincts of ...

plato nietzsche ancient-philosophy socrates  
asked by Mozibur Ullah 7 votes
answered by Drux 3 votes

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

Can you answer these questions?

Unconventional/underground philosophy

Are there any modern concepts of unconventional philosophy? I endeavour to keep up with all modern books and scholars, yet I have no idea about "underground philosophy"? Do you know ...

asked by inthenickoftime 1 vote

Is morality possible under mereological nihilism?

My understanding of mereological nihilism is that the only things that truly exist are fundamental particles. There are no humans, no planets, no stars, no animals, no trees, etc. There are only ...

ethics nihilism moral-skepticism mereology  
asked by Spirit Realm Investigator 1 vote
answered by Double Knot 0 votes

Absolute confirmation of Carnap and consistency condition

In formal epistemology, consistency condition states that: An evidence E can't confirm both H and its negation, not-H. Carnap states that for the concept of absolute confirmation, the consistency ...

epistemology bayesian  
asked by PwNzDust 1 vote
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