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Does the encoding/exemplifying distinction affect the question of willing evil-for-the-sake-of-evil-in-general?

I tend to gravitate towards thinking that willing evil for its own sake "as such," is impossible for reasons of the nature of practical reasoning/intellection. I can accept that there is ...
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How do we know that anything is contingent?

From what I gather, the idea of a contingent event means that it could have been otherwise. But since we can’t play back the universe, how do we know that it could have been otherwise? Note that by ...
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Can someone explain to me what a contingent fact is?

English is not my first language and I'm trying to understand Williams Argument in "Deciding to believe" when he says that it is not possibe to bring about belief at will and that this is ...
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Are well formed "if, then" statements non-contigent truths?

Say I have a little unease with statements like "the world follows/obeys the law of non-contradiction, so x". But statements like "if the world obeys the lnc, then x", appear so ...
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