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Animal commodification

Is it morally or ethically justified to commodify animals (i.e., such as the tiger temple when it was a thing)? Should humans treat animals' ends (telos) with as much respect as we do ourselves? ...

kant justice deontology animal-welfare animals  
asked by Sam F 2 votes

Would philosophy exist without semantics?

With so many threads on this forum seeming to me - from my point of view - as wars of words -can it be argued whether semantics are philosophy's oxygen? Would any philosophical debate actually take ...

terminology truth semantics absurdism  
asked by Buoyswimmer 1 vote
answered by Ted Wrigley 1 vote

Are the terms formula and algorithm synonymous in formal logic?

How to do something in two or more steps would feel/grasped to me as pretty much matching the common usages of both terms, but to find possible nuances common in the philosophical literature in ...

terminology formal-theory  
asked by al-harumi-jidan 1 vote

Is this why infinite different worlds cannot exist?

I think that there can never be infinite different worlds because they would blow each other up. The logic chain goes something like this: There are infinite different worlds Each world is different ...

paradox infinite  
asked by A Humble Learner 1 vote
answered by Sandejo 3 votes

What did the ancient philosophers think of crystals?

Does anyone have any quotes by ancient philosophers on what they thought crystals were made of?

ancient-philosophy  
asked by Lauratoyos 1 vote

Axiom 4 in epistemic logic

In epistemic logic, axiom 4 says that if I know p, then I know that I know p. What is the philosophical value of such an axiom?

logic epistemology knowledge modal-logic  
asked by LJGC 1 vote

What are the categories of exact truth?

Most apparent facts are irremediably vague. For instance: "The chair in this room is red" may appear at first glance to be a statement that is either true or false. But in fact the meanings ...

truth  
asked by Daniel Asimov 1 vote
answered by Speakpigeon -1 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

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 Cesare,...

logic reference-request syllogism medieval-logic  
asked by Geremia 10 votes
answered by Geremia 6 votes

Is there any moral reasoning behind punishment?

Usually when someone does something bad they get punished. There are a few reasons for this, e.g. Them not doing it again or other people not doing in the first place. I was wondering if there is a ...

ethics justice  
asked by porcupine paul 8 votes
answered by Joseph Weissman 10 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 5 votes

Why is it wrong to answer a question with a tautology? Isn't "2+2" correct when answering 'What is "2+2"'?

Many times in class, we are asked to answer, "What is 2+2?" or "What is the derivative of the function x?". It would not be the intended answer to write "2+2" or "...

reference-request semantics identity tautology sense-and-reference  
asked by user107952 20 votes
answered by Bumble 17 votes

Is Yoda committing a fallacy?

I've been debating with a hard core Star Wars friend who loves repeating Yoda's "Do or do not, there is no try" knowledge. I tried to explain that the DO (B) and DO NOT (C), are end results, ...

logic fallacies  
asked by Beach Bum 23 votes
answered by Chris Sunami supports Monica 67 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?

history-of-philosophy  
asked by Marijn 19 votes
answered by yshavit 17 votes

What are the ethics of having children today?

Please receive this question as having come from a young person who wants to have children, but given the state of affairs (climate change, growing costs of living and wealth inequality, "technology", ...

ethics  
asked by TCP 40 votes
answered by present 36 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Ontic/Ontological as parallel to a posteriori/a priori?

Heidegger makes the distinction between the ontic (concerning beings themselves) and the ontological (the being of beings, being as such). Would it be wise to say that the ontic covers the contingent ...

kant ontology heidegger phenomenology hermeneutics  
asked by Oliver H 1 vote

what is Russell's Neutral Monism and how does it differ from Spinoza's Substance Monism?

I have studied Spinoza, so you don't need to explain that part. For some reason, explanations of Russell on the internet don't get into my head, that's why I've come here.

metaphysics bertrand-russell spinoza  
asked by Tahsin Ahmed Omi 1 vote

Are patterns prior to causes? Which philosophers are hesitant to believe there really are causes?

Most people and most philosophers seem to strongly believe in causation. I would like understand what philosophers have to say about how to go from believing in just patterns to causes too. Are the ...

metaphysics causation causality  
asked by J Kusin 1 vote
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