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What type of relationship is “partakes of”?

We call a rose beautiful because it partakes of beauty, according to Plato's Theory of Forms (or my understanding thereof). Furthermore, we can take any attribute and turn it into a class with -ness ...
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Has there been an attempt to create a classification system or taxonomy of “everything”

I have only begun digging into the philosophical definitions and study of taxonomy/classification, however I am just wondering if thus far the idea of trying to categorize and classify all objects, ...
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Is this outline typical of the organization of academic analytic philosophy?

After doing some research I came up with the following classification of analytic philosophy. Do certain branches overlap or worse, are there any inclusions that I have missed? Axiology Æsthetics ...
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Are all “actions” considered to be a type of “conditions”?

Are all "actions" considered to be a type of "conditions"? Let's take the following sentence: "Each display and local field can contain one or more rules that contain a set ...
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draw a distinction between a class (abstract) and the set of all members (concrete)

I'm designing a learning program and I need to come up with a set of terms for the "objects" the user interacts with. In a concise way, I'd like to come up with two terms that describe: a ...
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What are things like experience of smell, taste and touch classified as?

What are things like experience of smell, taste and touch classified as? Are the experience of smell, taste and touch classified differently from the experience of eyesight? And how do philosophers ...
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Politics as a branch of philosophy

Some sources list political philosophy as a major branch of philosophy. I'm curious about what sets it apart from the other main branches. It seems to me that much of what constitutes politics can be ...
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Is there a basic philosopher classification resource?

I'm trying to figure out a basic classification of philosophical beliefs or approaches. For example, a philosopher can be "religious" (i.e. a deist or theist), an agnostic or a naturalist. He or she ...
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Is there a limit to abstraction?

Maybe people have asked this before - it seems a fairly basic question to ask, in a similar vein to a child's chain of "Why?" questions. If you ask me "What is a chair?", I respond that it is an item ...
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How can you argue for a classification without assuming the classification?

Assume population x differs from population y by characteristic z. One group of scholars argues that x and y belong to the same class and that z is incidental and irrelevant to the classification. ...
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Non-science according to Popper's Criterion for Demarcation

So, Popper's Criterion for Demarcation goes something like this: “statements or systems of statements, in order to be ranked as scientific, must be capable of conflicting with possible, or conceivable ...
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How may Nikolaus von Kues’ “concept of concept” be applied as a bridge between logic and theology?

I am neither a specialist for logic nor for theology. Yet, I was electrified about Nikolaus von Kues statement that God is the concept of concept. Has Kues’ proposition somehow been applied as a real ...
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What is the difference between class and concept?

What is the difference between class and concept? − I am not sure whether, for instance, “chair” is typically a class or rather a concept, or both. I would say that it is only a class, though it is ...
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Is one of the sciences superior to one (or several) of the others? [closed]

Is there such a thing as a superiority (or kingship) of one of the sciences over one (or several) of the others from some point of view? Considering the more exact sciences mathematics, physics and ...
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Is there such a thing as a systematics where the class members are comparing/systematizing themselves?

Goethe said that, although a „natural system is a contradictory expression”, provided that the distinction (in this system) is really substantial, its items will compare themselves. Does anybody here ...
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A question about taxonomy terms' usage [closed]

I am working on a paper in English and have stuck at taxonomy terms' usage. It is accepted that 'scientific disciplines divide the particulars they study into kinds'. But there are also taxonomy ...
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Difference between classification and prioritization

What is the difference between classification and prioritization in a depth way? What are the steps requiered in each one?
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One and many, particular and universal, individual and general… how do they relate?

In reading Koji Karatani's Transcritique, I found myself a bit confused by the distinctions and couplings he draws between these terms in relation to Hegel and Russell. It wasn't actually his approach ...
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What is the philosophical study of classification called?

What is the philosophical study of classification called? Taxonomy? Taxology? "Category theory"? "Classificology"? Logic? And which philosopher(s) studied exactly what it means to ...
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What is an individual thing? Examples?

In common western philosophy, what does it mean when we say such and such things are individual things? Also could someone give examples of individual things and non-individual things?