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Is the idea of a causal chain physical (or even scientific)?

I am aware that the idea is venerable, going back through Lucretius to the Stoics and Epicurus, and even to Aristotle with his prime mover argument. But isn't this a pre-scientific notion? The ...
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What are the assumptions adopted by the scientific community?

What are the core assumptions of the modern scientific community with which they use to view the world and formulate theories etc? By assumptions I mean premises taken as fact (about the universe/...
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Are numbers, given just as mathematical objects, quantities in themselves?

If we are talking just about '5', without it being with respect to any 'amount', does the idea of the number itself as a point on a line imply that it is itself some kind of abstract 'quantity'. It ...
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What is the aim of science? [closed]

What is, formulated in a nutshell, the real aim of science? – I doubt that it is explanation. After detailed study, I came to the conclusion that explanation is rather part of technology. ...
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Eastern Science and Western Science

I saw that some people trying to differentiate science into western and eastern. What are the criteria for parting them?
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How do philosophers respond to global skepticism?

I saw a video of a philosopher (Robert Audi) who said that common sense is the best response we can give to global skepticism. I would agree, but it's not clear to me what the nature of common sense ...
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Why is math powerful?

I've been having this thought for days now, and I haven't been able to come up with a satisfactory answer. It seems to me that one can arguably caricature mathematics as an impoverished natural ...
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Why is post-modernism so often equated to Relativism, are there any responses in postmodern philosophy that challenges this?

I am refering to critiques of postmodernism that are presented here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/postmodernism-didnt-cause-trump-it-explains-him/2018/08/30/0939f7c4-9b12-11e8-843b-...
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Ideas of a truth that sustains?

Question Given the modern day age of misinformation, surely someone has pondered and tested their ideas of a truth that sustains (a truth that sustains refers to the ideas that sustain the confidence ...
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What is science and which human fields of study are part of it?

Part 1. I was making some questions regarding scientific proofs here and I have been told that falsification "is a long abandoned idea of science, it lives on only in amateurish discussions"....
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Is there a universally accepted definition of what constitutes 'science' from a philosophy of science perspective?

The term science gets bandied about so much that it is not always clear what is meant. This is fine in conversation, etc. But it becomes problematic when the question becomes, is there a proper domain ...
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Is there any agreement on what makes a state "state"?

Is there any agreement on what makes a state "state"? Is it de facto tax collection (especially, customs)? Is it the number of general-residents ("permanent-residents") in a given ...
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Is it possible to have a scientific review of a method if the author doesn't have direct experience of it?

It seems like it is possible to conduct scientific research without actually getting close to the sample/specimen. However, what if the "sample" of the research is a method? For example, ...
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