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Can every idea including mathematical ideas be reduced to a series of simpler idea without information loss?

Can every idea including mathematical ideas be reduced to a series of simpler idea without information loss? You would naturally think this is the case since most ideas could be explained using a ...
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Trying to understand reality lead to understanding useless things?

If one sets his purpose as achieving the truest possible understanding of reality (I know one might die and not achieve it), then doesn't this mean that he needs then to understand all the things that ...
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Is conceivability relative to the subject?

Is conceivability relative to the subject? By this, I mean, can some beings conceive more things, or different things, than other beings? Personally, I believe the answer is yes. I believe that, for ...
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What is respect? [closed]

“Respect”, “respectful”, and “disrespectful” are concepts we regularly hear being used, yet it has not always been clear to me if there is any essential underlying characteristic conveyed by these ...
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How aren't Qualia and Experience the same thing (examples.)

I'm both, trying to find if this thought process is valid (reach correct conclusions in the questions) and also how are the standard interpretations different (which it seems they are.) Definitions ...
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What is the "historicised a priori"?

While browsing this question I stumbled upon the concept of historicised a priori citing Dilthey and Foucalt. Can somebody explain this concept to me? Also, could anyone point me in the direction of ...
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What kinds of physical things exist mind independently?

Generally, it's said that a thing exists mind independently if it exists apart from our beliefs, concepts, cultural practices, etc. Do door knobs exist mind independently? They're collections of ...
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Is there a recognized topic in philosophy regarding the fallaciousness of debating what the ‘correct’ definition of a word is?

Or, what the defining properties of some thing are. For example, I might say, “Socialism is a government in which such-and-such happens,” and someone else might say, “No, socialism is when a society ...
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How to apply the classical theory of concepts on the mathematical concept of a limit?

I am studying the limit concept from mathematics using the classical theory of concepts. According to this theory a concept is; "A structured mental representation which is characterised by a ...
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Is the classical theory of concepts compatible with logical positivism's view on analyticity of mathematics?

Doing some work on theory of mathematical concepts and need a good framework that suits my own views. Is the classical theory of concepts, which seems to no to suffer very much when considered in ...
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Can concepts exist without animals or human beings?

Can concepts exist if humans or animals don't exist at all? Can't other things that have no mind make abstraction or concepts? For example, I think abstract things such as redness (quality) and ...
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Understanding as conceptual

I am looking for references in the literature where people equate the process of understanding with conceptual activity. I will not be able to sketch it out exactly. My hunch is that there should be ...
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Does logical pluralism imply conceptual pluralism?

By "conceptual pluralism," I mean something like, "Multiple conceptual analyses of the same concept are true." The example for the sake of which this question occurred to me is the ...
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Is there at least one essay focused on Kant's definition of "notions" as intermediary between idea(l)s and conceptions?

I tried Googling "Kant 'notions'" but that doesn't seem efficient (from the results I've gotten). I assume that he appealed to the word for its being originally cognate with noesis and the ...
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What is the philosophy that deals with concepts being correctly fitted to reality or "carving reality at the joints"?

In philosophy of science thinkers sometimes speak of certain theoretical concepts "carving nature at its joints" (I think this might have been used prominently by Hilary Putnam but I can't ...
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Does counterpossible reasoning limit the value of using folk intuitions as a parameter in conceptual analysis?

It's too long to quote as well as I'd like, but the section on moral responsibility in the SEP article on empirical moral psychology includes as an example: ... Nahmias, Morris, Nadelhoffer and ...
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Essentialism and concepts

I've been reading an old logic text (Deductive Logic. George Stock. 1888) and he describes something very like Aristotle's notion of a definition, but in his description, it is clearly a matter of ...
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How many isolated concept clusters are there?

Let me start by explaining what I mean by an isolated concept cluster. It is often remarked that you can't define any moral term without using other moral terms. For example, you can define obligation ...
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How do terms and concepts map to and relate to each other when thinking across languages?

I am working on creating a cross-linguistic dictionary every now and then, and currently thinking about the relationship between terms (single or multi word), morphemes (word parts), and concepts. At ...
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What is meant by abstract concepts and concrete concepts? Aren't the former tautologous and latter contradictory?

There are two phrases that I had often seen in books but now after giving a deeper thought, I'm unable to wrap my head around them. These phrases are 'abstract concept' and 'concrete concept'. The ...
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What is the standard of determining whether someone understanding the concept? [closed]

A typical example would be aphantasia, a group of people who can't imagine pictures in mind. That means they are unable to imagine concrete object like geometry and it's almost the only way to know ...
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How to represent concepts without words or gestures (purely in your mind) in a discrete and easily "navigable" way?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about language and how humans may have evolved language, and keep going further and further back into the depths of what may have been known at a certain time, and ...
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The discursive nature of a concept [closed]

Concepts are universal, insofar as they are not individuated, and they are abstractions. What does it really mean to say concepts are discursive?
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Do distinctions and concepts exist?

Before answering the question, keep in mind that I am a second-year Biology student, with a lack of formal study in Philosophy. Original post: I believe, all definitions, words, and concepts (...
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Are artworks created or discovered?

I am trying to deny Joseph Margolis' argument that pieces of art are not 'universals'. Particularly, I want to say that types (in the tokens-of-a-type sense) are essentially the same thing as ...
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Can concrete objects have multiple occurrences?

I was reading SEP article on types and tokens, and got interested in the concept of 'occurrence'. We would describe the fact that the number '2' appears multiple times in an expression as an example ...
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What decides when a conceptual analysis is 'complete'?

When an analysis of a concept is given like "A bachelor is an unmarried male." How is it decided if the analysis is correct and complete? Is there any way we can 'check' an analysis?
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Universals, object-concept and sense

I am confused about "concept", "sense" and "properties" which may have some similarity but fundamentally are different. I explain my understanding as follows : Object-...
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How does Penrose's ideas in "Shadow of the mind" hold up more than twenty years later?

In the book Shadow of the mind, Penrose argues that Human consciousness is strictly non computational based on some logic arguments. I have talked to some peers related to logic, and they seem to ...
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Is this making a conspiracy theory?

I'm not sure where to ask this question. Please let me know if this is not the best place. This is not specific to a language, but rather a concept. Context: There is some news about some group of ...
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Is there a name for "inaccessible" concepts

My question refers to three kinds of "inaccessible" concepts: Those "humanly inaccessible" in the sense that we cannot conceive them as humans but that could be thought about with ...
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Are all concepts definable? [duplicate]

You open a dictionary and all the words are defined by other words. If concepts have the same circularity as words, ultimately none would have meaning (I suppose that's debatable, but I'm assuming it ...
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Is there a resource cataloguing unique and fundamental concepts cross-culturally?

I am working on a "conlang", which is basically a fantasy language. I have collected 4,000-ish words in their "base" form (some we still need to find the base for, but they can be ...
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Do the words "in relation to" imply relativism?

Do the words "in relation to" imply any relativism? For example: "The earth is small in relation to the Sun", or "I am good in relation to mathematics", or "He is ...
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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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Goals and benefits of the process abstraction for minds

What is the philosophical importance of abstraction in regard to philosophy of mind? People seem to use abstraction all of the time, however, can someone please bring a concrete example that ...
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Is a set a concept?

Follow on from this question. Since sets have both intentional and extensional definition my thought is yes they are concepts. But maybe there is a technical reason that sets aren't concepts?
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Do the set of "Concepts" contain itself?

So I gather that a set containing itself is not allowed. Yet it seems like a set of all concepts (Concepts) should contain an element denoting the idea of "concept". Is it that there is a ...
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Identity of concepts' intentional content

I have recently read some articles about (lexical) concepts. Philosophers tend to think that, in order for two speakers to be able to communicate successfully, they must associate the exact same ...
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Concepts possession conditions

As a consequence of my growing interest in epistemology, I recently read some articles about concepts. The authors were originating from different fields, such as philosophy of mind, language and ...
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Where in Aristotle's Topics did he say there's no exact/clear way to distinguish two concepts?

I've heard that Aristotle supposed in his Topics that there's no exact/clear way to distinguish two concepts. What exactly did he say?
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Difference between *concept* and *knowledge*?

The SEP entry "Rationalism vs Empiricism" distinguishes between the terms concept and knowledge. Is there some standard distinction between these two terms that's commonly used by most philosophers? (...
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Does there exist a class of "fundamental concepts"? How could they be recognized?

Does there exist a class of "fundamental concepts"? That is concepts, such as "parameter", "part", "range", "form" etc. that at least for me seem like "something that is hard to take away without ...
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What is the "ontic principle"?

"there is no difference that does not make a difference" according to Bryant. Specifically, and independent of whether this is stated by him, does it mean that any two terms with the same referent ...
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How/when can categorization of things be correct?

How/when can categorization of things be correct? Meaning just "categorization" in general. It's intuitive that categorization is a "primitive" cognitive and linguistic phenomenon. Without ...
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Are concepts, such as neoliberalism, essentially contested?

Gallie proposed that many philosophical concepts are contested, ambiguous and murky. However, it has also been argued that since antiquity, philosophers are good at conceptual analysis. Especially ...
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The truth of statements which do not capture everything about the object [closed]

Logically it could be true to say: "All human beings are mortal (and therefore Peter is mortal because Peter is a human being)." But the above statement could be false in a sense, because mortality ...
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Philosophy of concepts - can it be (gradually) expressed in type theory?

Reasoning in mathematics is simple and subject to automation and discipline/system, because every concept (e.g. integer number, real number, derivative, integral, differential equation and its ...
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What does Nietzsche refer to with the "backworldsmen"?

I'm a rookie to philosophical thinking but trying my best to understand the concepts. I'd be appreciated if you could enlighten me about this: In Chapter 3 of Thus Spake Zarathustra, he is addressing ...
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What's the simplest thing?

If we imagine the world and what surrounds us as concepts, if you then had to explain these ideas (i.e. What's a person? What's an animal? What's a living being? ...) you'd then need to recursively ...
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