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What are the differences between conditional and relative truths?

I thought they meant the same thing, but after asking about it in a philosophical forum, I was told they are different, but how so? Are there universal meanings attributed to "conditional truth" and ...
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Is the story “The happiness of fish” in Zhuangzi about naïve realism?

Here is the story, translated by Victor Mair: Zhuangzi and Huizi were strolling along the bridge over the Hao River. Zhuangzi said, “The minnows swim about so freely, following the openings ...
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Is a paradox a concept?

Obviously 'paradox' is a concept, we name certain things to be so. We share the knowledge of those things through the use of language. But those things, "in themselves", those particular "instances of ...
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Who has used Poetry for Philosophy?

"Ineffable" is the word for that which can be touched by the mind but not the tongue. But in poetry images may be made that transcend the reality of mere language. This seems to me an excellent ...
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What is moral inquiry in the context of James Lenman's paper?

I’ve been trying to understand this concept on my own, but I’m unable to grasp it. Google keeps referring to a paper published in the Aristotelian Society, but that article is hidden behind a paywall. ...
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Superiority of the concept as opposed to synthetic apperception

In The Foundations of Arithmetic (§ 48, p. 61), after maintaining that statements of numbers are indeed statements of fact, Frege asserts that: The concept has a power of collecting together far ...
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On the universal and preconception in stoic logic: the word “natural” (naturale) from Diog. L., VII, 54

Foreword: as an Italian student, I hope that I will not make many mistakes in translating the lexicon from my native language to English; sometimes this will happen, and so putting the Italian word in ...
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Concept Formation

I would like some suggestions about Concept Formation. Especially if there is a reference to Plato's Theory of Forms. I believe the two are linked but cannot find appropriate material. Thank you.
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Do all “meta” questions within philosophy reduce to descriptive and normative?

At first, under "meta" I, of course, mean such things as metaphilosophy, metaethics, and some other "metas" trying to answer the questions "What is X?", "What properties does X have?", etc. And this ...
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Could we develop a notion of conceivability that would allow us to imagine impossible/inconsistent/illogical things?

There are things that we cannot imagine because they are impossible (like a solution to Russell's set theory, since it is impossible to reach that solution because it is illogical.) Some months ago, ...
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Relations between “natural” and “artificial”

When we say "aritificial", we typically mean "created by intelligent being". When we say "natural", we typically mean "created by nature, not by intelligent being". But then is the human created ...
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Is topology of cultural ideas and concepts studied in modern philosophy?

I am going to mumble about couple of things I really don't know and I am going to ask for guidance and further reading material. There is a field of mathematics called topology which studies ...
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How could mathematics and logic exist without us, if they are concepts created by us independent of reality?

Would maths and logic exist if we didn't exist despite we created them, and do not have correspondence with reality?
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What branch of metaphysics studies things like “Nowhere”, “Limbo”, “Non-being”, “Neither dead nor alive”, “neither present nor absent”?

Recently, when thinking about metaphysics and in particular the notion of abstract concepts, while also reading various settings of movies, games and books, I noticed that usually, entities that are ...
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It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them [closed]

It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. [Adlai Stevenson, speech, New York City, Aug. 27, 1952] I read this sentence from principle | Origin and meaning of principle by ...
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What does Kierkegaard mean by recollection, repetition and remembrance?

I'm reading Either/Or and I'm progressing quite well with the book. I'm supplementing it with some external resources where needed, but for the most part I'm doing well without those, by the way, I'm ...
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What is “ownership”?

So I was partaking in a course about Indigenous Peoples of America (and Canada, in particular). One of the questions that arose was "What is ownership?". (It was actually part of an assignment, but it ...
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How does Kant derive the categories of the understanding from the logical forms of judgment in the Critique of Pure Reason?

I didn't arrive at any cogent and clear conception of the exact relation between Kant's logical forms of judgment and his categories, and most importantly, how he derives the latter from the former. ...
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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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Concepts with inexistant definitions but for which our common intuition is enough for practical usage

There are some concept that most people (if not sometimes all people) fail to accurately define - eventually because the concept does not match a natural category - however we all have a good enough ...
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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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What is the intension of the concept “intension”? [closed]

I think that it should be possible to assign to all concepts a plausible intension, consisting of just one or two words. However, in textbooks or encyclopedias I never found such focused appointments ...
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Is entropy a circular reasoning concept?

After reviewing several texts about the second law of thermodynamics and the concept of entropy, from a systemic point of view, it seems to me that entropy is only a circular reasoning concept. ...
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What historically encouraged the move to thinking of judgements rather than Aristotelian terms as the most basic units of conceptual content?

The reasoning behind thinking of Aristotelian terms as the most basic unit of conceptual content correlates to reasoning about the origin of conceptual content in the person. It was held that simple ...
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What is the relationship between conceptual engineering and social change?

I am currently doing research on the relationship between projects in conceptual engineering and actual, realized, social change. Of primary interest to me is how, for instance, Haslanger's ...
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Distinction between concrete vs. abstract in software [closed]

I want to describe requirements for a computer program and I'm having trouble. As a context, I think a concrete object in the real-world is something detectable by one or more of the senses (feel, ...
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Are Concepts Colorless?

Consider the concept of green and the color green. Is it right to say that the concept of green is also green? I would think not, since the concept merely reports what the color green is like. It ...
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Is Brandom's account of history satisfactory to justify itself against doubts?

Brandom's idealism is multi-faceted and complicated. A rough summary of it might be as follows: Rationality is a conceptual normality, a typical way we do things. Specifically, it is a practical ...
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Name of the theory where abstract concepts are considered only to exist within our mind

I'm be no means an expert in philosophical terms, but I want to learn more. My question is about whether there is a name for the idea that abstract concepts (e.g. Goodness, baddness, value, etc...) ...
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Can more than 2 things be in direct opposition?

What I mean by this, is something which is exactly opposite to say both positive and negative, just as much as the two are in opposition to each other. This idea arose and evolved when I was thinking ...
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Did Wittgenstein consider the possibility of a private language with public content?

Wittgenstein criticized the idea that there could be a meaningful language that was only known in principle by one person. His insights have often been used to disregard the idea of private mental ...
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Can meaning indeterminately be said to be indeterminate?

James Ross has given several reasons as to why he believes thought (and formal thought especially) is determinate. Among these, and under a formulation put forward by the contemporary philosopher ...
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Could there be such a thing as a universal logical language?

That is, are there certain conceptual primitives, such as object, action, structure, property, logic, event, quantity, partial, paradox, system, concept, etc, or connectives/judgements, such as for ...
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How do medieval theories of reference account for *entia rationis* (objects of thought)?

The medieval theories of logic generally hold, at least as represented in the brilliant work of Thomas Aquinas, that non-existent being can be said of existent being because non-existent being can be ...
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Is there a certain connection between Quine and Buridan in their understanding of the distinction between meaning and naming?

In "On What There Is" Quine notes that "there is a gulf between meaning and naming even in the case of a singular term which is genuinely a name of the object". This distinction can be made more clear ...
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Under moderate realism, what is considered the reason for similarity?

Moderate realism is a position on universals that holds the 'universality' of universals to be an aspect of universals that is added on by the mind in concepts through abstraction, and that '...
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Would Frege say “blue” is a concept or object?

"3" is an object, because numbers are special. "falling under 3" is a concept. This particular whale whom I've named Ernie, "Ernie" is an object. "Whales" is a concept. "being blue" is a concept. ...
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In which text/paper was the concept of dialetheism first introduced as a serious position?

More or less the question title. My final-year logic course a few years back covered a number of non-classical logics (deontic, Kleene/Lukasiewicz multi-valued, etc.), however dialetheism was left as ...
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“Change” last forever? If not what fallacy breaks the chain of reasoning shown here?

In movies, a frequently mentioned idea is that "Nothing lasts forever" .There's also a Chinese saying 變幻是永恆 Having thought too much into treating concepts as something similar to "building blocks", I ...
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What's a simple term for “constructing the best instance of a concept in a situation”?

I'm looking for a simple term or phrase (friendly for laypeople) for the following idea about concepts. Suppose you have a goal to hammer a nail into a piece of wood. In this instant, you have a ...
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The difference between innatism and empiricism

I've read on many websites (including Wikipedia) that empiricism is the opposite of innatism. Could someone explain me why?
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New Year's concept [closed]

How does the New Year's concept works? I mean, is it necessary for the masses or can we live without it? Assume that the Earth takes a billion years instead of one year to go all around the Sun. Then ...
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Does there a unifying concept of sin that works for all religions?

If we agree with the definition from Wikipedia, i.e. that it is "an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law," then it would be the divine law (and not us) that decides what sin ...
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Concepts as Mental Representations

The SEP entry on concepts is heavily committed to an RTM functionalism characterization of concepts as mental representations. But, it makes no real mention of alternatives to this position. Are there ...
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Are concepts necessarily false even if useful?

I was listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson on Star Talk the other day, and he was answering a question about orbits. But he added that it's not entirely true that, for instance, the earth orbits the sun, ...
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What is the difference between an 'idea' and a 'concept'?

What is the difference between an 'idea' and a 'concept'? Has a distinction between the two terms been settled and accepted by most modern philosophers?
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Is there a conceptual definition of “success”?

The term success if often found in modern western culture. Without further thinking, success in its most common context is related to either an increase in wealth or social status. But the notion of ...
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How does indefinability affect existence?

If something cannot be defined using outside references, does that mean that such a thing does not exist? For example, Totality (supposed to mean absolutely everything including this statement) ...
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Difference between subject and individual by Marx

I would like to know the difference of the concepts of subject and individual philosophically speaking, I'm studying subjectivity theory in Marx and I have doubts about the difference between these ...
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How are separation of concerns, hierarchy and order related?

While fighting with the interaction between local and global aspects for the solution of the Helmholtz equation, I realized that a hierarchical multilevel method may not necessarily be applicable for ...