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Is naturalism falsifiable?

From Wikipedia: In philosophy, naturalism is the idea or belief that only natural laws and forces (as opposed to supernatural ones) operate in the universe.[1] Naturalism is not so much a special ...

philosophy-of-science naturalism falsifiability kuhn paradigm  
user avatar asked by Spirit Realm Investigator Score of 8
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What is an ordered pair of identical objects?

Background I am reading this book. In the chapter "The Ontology of Metaphysical Realism" the author says: Many relations are such that pairs of objects enter into them only when taken in a ...

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Does Newton's first law of motion contradicts causality?

First, English is not my mother tongue and hence maybe the expressions I will use are not very accurate. Causality as I understand is when there is a change, then there is a preceding event "...

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Help needed in understanding an excerpt from PI (Section 509)

What if we asked someone, “In what sense are these words a description of what you see?” — and he answers: “I mean this by these words.” (Perhaps he was looking at a landscape.) Why is this answer “I ...

philosophy-of-language wittgenstein analytic-philosophy  
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In a view that consciousness is illusion, what does statement "I am conscious" mean?

Is it also in the view that it is illusion that I am conscious? Is it possible that one is in illusion that he is conscious, but actually he is not conscious? Can consciousness be illusion as some ...

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Is Ontological Parsimony true when it comes to fundamental reality?

When people talk about ontological parsimony, it is generally used to add or subtract credibility from a theory about what exists 'within' the universe or multiverse. For example, it's used to discuss ...

metaphysics ontology  
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Nietzsche's model of sociality in the ubermensch

As I understand it, Fredrich Nietzsche-- at least in the latest works he had scribed before his death-- was neither an advocate of antisocial nor prosocial passions. How he professes this position is ...

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Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Morality is subjective?

I tend to believe that morality isn't all subjective. Society objectifies morality and keep a distinction between good and bad. So even if a person felt (subjective) what he was doing was right, ...

ethics subjectivity objectivity moral-realism  
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What distinguishes between saguna and nirguna Brahman?

Not knowing any Sanskrit, but knowing a little philosophy and some Bengali I'd translate nirguna as nir-guna (no qualities); and this in the phrase: nirguna Brahman A term used in several places ...

ontology theology eastern-philosophy  
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Can something come out of nothing or not? Why?

In our current state of affairs it is safe and reasonable to assume something exists - be it a universe, pure conciousness, illusion or other designations. If some readers nevertheless claim something ...

metaphysics ontology existence  
user avatar asked by Saul Score of 22
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How will learning about philosophy impact real-life?

Examining the practical, impactful, real-life benefits of getting a degree in philosophy It is often asked, "What is the practical use of philosophy?" or "How will learning about ...

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What does Nietzsche mean by "there are no facts, only interpretations"?

I came across this philosophical thought. There are no facts, only interpretations written by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). As translated from Notebooks, Summer 1886 – Fall 1887, in The Portable ...

epistemology nietzsche positivism  
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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"...

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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

Zizek often draws on Lacan term the Big Other; what is this and what does it mean? One supposes that there may also then be a little other - is this right? What would be sensible examples of either ...

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Can you answer these questions?

Is quitting smoking beneficial for the quitter and for society? Deductive Argument - Reconstructing Suppressed Premises

For the following argument, I am trying to create a structure diagram with added suppressed premises. I'm having difficulty in determining the inferences and how to reconstruct the premises and ...

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Did all numbers exist at the beginning of the universe?

So I am hoping this question spurs the thought of,"Ok, lets say they didn't all exist at the beginning of the universe then how did they all come to be?". Then the next step would hopefully ...

philosophy-of-mathematics numbers  
user avatar asked by Joe Score of 1
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Aristotle quote on slaves believing they are slaves?

Years ago I read a quote attributed to Aristotle: The remarkable thing about slavery is that slaves believe they are slaves. What was the actual quote?

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