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Where does Nietzsche say something to the affect of man being responsible for "engendering nature"?

I've searched for WEEKS for this quote, but I can't locate it!! I'm certain he said it in either a short aphorism or in one of his more atheistic, published works. I trust my abilities in the CTRL+F ...
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Future tense explanations?

Is it possible to explain in the future tense? For example, "there will be smoke" because "there will be fire"?
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How is it possible to explain a logical language through a natural one?

Suppose we are to learn a subject like mathematics, then for it's precision and rigor, the topics discussed are described in terms of theories of logic. Suppose a student wishes to learn mathematics, ...
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A statement that is always true, but not a tautology?

Given I hand in a manuscript and the comment of the reviewer would be "You did not take in consideration to potential influence of this variable" the reviewer would be correct. However, my ...
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What's with philosophers and their use of quotation marks?

I'm reading Hofstadter and Quine at the same time and this is deep. An explanation: The logician's use of "quotations" in sentences like this one would suggest that a quoted phrase is ...
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Didn’t Turing simply expand the space of algorithmic problems?

Code breaking brings the realization that, for the other side to generate their code (used my multiple people, not a private language), there must be an “algorithm”. Jacquard machines, analog Pong, ...
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Assumed Disagreement

Two people are talking. One makes a claim "These chips are stale". Other replies "C'mon, buddy, those chips are as stale as mummy wrappings from a Pharoah's tomb". Aside from ...
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Is abstraction always mind-dependent?

Else said, are there any physical mind-independent objects which are abstractions of other ones? I’m using mind-independent and mind-dependent like Searle. Things like syntax, language, and ...
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How understand abstraction when some cases can’t be abstracted?

Like the liar sentence “this sentence is false” is said not to be a proposition. So not all sentences can be abstracted into props. Can infinite sentences be abstracted into propositions. Can infinite ...
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Do we need to ask 'why' if we have the answer to 'how'?

On the surface, ‘how?' is mechanical, it is asking about method, whereas ‘why?’ is more philosophical, it is asking about purpose. It seems conceivable, then, that the answers to the questions of 'how?...
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What is the correct Wittgenstein analysis of this claim?

So I'm confused by the following. Let's say someone makes the claim: Math is also a language game. I can imagine 2 different kind of responses Wittgenstein might say: Indeed, it suffices to only ...
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Is it the fact that we have language that causes us to believe in possible worlds?

I am not quite sure whether this belongs in Philosophy SE, but I couldn't think of a better SE, so I am posting it here. My question is, is it the fact that we have language that causes us to believe ...
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What is the view of the origin of language according to contemporary philosophy of language?

Do we think in the language we speak? If we didn't know any language or think of a child for an instant, perhaps a newborn, is there still thinking? and if so, is it a universal language? Some say we ...
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The difference between 'why' and 'how'

I have noticed for a long time that, to ask 'why', can often prompt answers of different types, that either describe the events, or attribute meaning. An example would be: Why are the pliers on this ...
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How would you answer when tasked with the estimation of a person's intelligence? [closed]

"She is so intelligent, right?" Well, to agree with such a statement, we would need to have a mutual understanding of intelligence, which we probably don't, since there are many different ...
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Is there an alternative to infinity?

We can say that a discrete set with 1 and 2 allows us to count just from 1 to 2 but a sequential set with 1 and 2 allows us to count from 1 to 2 in an infinite way (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 ...) but no man can ...
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What constitutes the "state" of a tree?

If a tree were to be cut down and turned into a couple of wooden logs, informally one can say referring to the logs that the logs are the current state of the tree. But how true is this ? Shouldn't ...
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Is everything understood (semantics) within a language and is perception the first language?

And are all languages (math, set theory, whistling, English, Chinese, etc) somewhat inter-translatable? I'm sorry for the broad/overreaching question. Is this something some philosophers agree on, ...
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Is 'I'm not in love with you' a performative action?

Is 'I'm not in love with you' a performative action? These statements, just by speaking them, carry out a certain action and exhibit a certain level of power I seem to have a huge problem getting ...
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Are there thoughts that cannot be put into words?

This question came to me thinking about the notion of computation. I was thinking whether we can extend the notion of tape symbol from something that can be printed on a block of space, to something ...
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Are contradictory propositions in the propositional logic still contradictory in the predicate logic?

There is one seeming issue I happened upon that bothers me to no end. Take a proposition like “Snow is white”. “Snow is white” and its negation “Snow is not white” are obviously contradictory. However,...
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What is the logical function of “and/or”? [closed]

I feel like it must mean the following: IF A, B, C and/or D (A, B, C, and D) and (A, B, C, or D) And I feel like it must not mean each of them individually and all of their combinations ((A), (B), (C),...
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Is there a conflict between self-reference and ontology? (In relation to mathematics)

I am a total layman when it comes to math, but I promise at least to clearly spell out my thought process. Some like Elaine Landry say "mathematics is not metaphysics" https://youtu.be/...
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Technically, is it wrong to say “food sounds tasty”? [closed]

I think it’s like saying “food smells green.” Smell and taste are different things, so I think statements like “food sounds crispy” or “food tastes salty” are correct expressions, but “food sounds ...
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Why does language get more objective while growing older? [closed]

It's my experience that language gets more objective the older one gets. For example, instead of "talking" one uses the expression "vocalize" or instead of saying "I'm happy&...
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Expanding the definition of "Pilgrimage"

According to Wikipedia, the definition of "Pilgrimage": "Is a journey often into an unknown or foreign place, where a person goes in search of new or expanded meaning about their self, ...
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Why is it always wrong to spell out the n-word?

Many news outlets never ever spell out the n-word, even when discussing the word or quoting someone. I'm wondering what's the reasoning for doing so. To clarify: I fully understand why it is wrong to ...
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Is it useful to be able to define complex words with many definitions?

Greetings fellow earth dwellers. Definitions...useful, sharp, often-times dust clearing, so to speak. But as one progresses into intellectual conversations, definitions aren't so clear and can be ...
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What is meant by 'interdiscursivity' in discursive practice by Fairclough?

I am conducting a Critical Discourse Analysis on Chinese newspapers, such as the Global Times, to investigate how ethnicity became a securitized threat in the media. However, Fairclough's second ...
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Is order (first, second, etc) a quality?

No. Quantity is independent of quality. The number of items is not an attribute of an item. I’m really sorry, but I only got an answer about quantity from the other stackexchanges. I really want to ...
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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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Are dichotomies that refer to real constructs incorrect? from Sorites paradox

The well known paradoxes that arise from defining terms with a strict binary classifications, such as the Sorites paradox (heap/not heap), show the absurdities resulting from a strict seperation ...
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What is Ruloff's theory on the origin of language? [closed]

The largest recorded brain in the U.S is said to belong to one Edward H. Rulloff. This guy wrote a book on his theory of the origin of languages shortly before his execution. What was his theory? Is ...
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Are figures of speech true and false?

I'm thinking about Gilbert Ryle, who I believe analyses category mistakes as figures of speech. An example like the teeth of crows are pearly white seems neither true nor false. But what about this ...
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how do Sense and Denotation relate to translation?

i would like to know how are Sense and Denotation relate to translation and the role that they have in translation
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What is the distinction between A-intension and C-intension?

I'm having a really hard time understanding a concept discussed in “Qualia and Analytic Conditionals” by Braddon-Mitchell and "Why We Need A-Intensions" by Jackson. Here's my extraction of these ...
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Gutenberg technology effects on human psyche

McLuhan is claiming that Gutenberg technology was the reason of human psyche fragmentation, primitivism and social conformism. I am trying to find links between Gutenberg technology and the phenomenon ...
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Does a formal fallacy definition for "X has not happened (with potential time constraint Y), so Z will not happen (now or in near future)" exist?

Does there exist a formal definition for (what I would say is) a logically fallacy that would fit to the following structure of statements: "X has not happened (with potential time constraint Y), so ...
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Wittgenstein and "linguistic trap"

In a book on philosophy I've lost by now I encounter an argument about "linguistic trap" idea attributed to Wittgenstein, that is, such a trap is supposed to be "taking linguistic convention or ...
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How can language be objective, when it depends on subjectivities?

Language is a set of circular references. Not only french or english, but all languages. And not only spoken languages, but all languages, including programming languages and... mathematics (math is ...
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Does Wittgenstein's "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world" relate ontology with language?

Since Badiou equates ontology with Mathematics, if both philosophers are to be taken verbatim, there's a triple equivalence to consider: ontology = Mathematics = language.
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Preperformative concept of language [closed]

What is a pre-performative conception of language? Can it be explained without using philosophical terms?
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How does imprecise and ambiguous natural language relate to the equivocation fallacy and how can we know what words mean?

I am feeling really confused on how we colloquially use and redefine words and sometime use the equivocation fallacy. I have fallen into equivocation language traps before, and as I become more aware ...
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What kind of fallacy is this, if it is one? Are these personal attacks ad hominem?

If that's indeed a kind of fallacy or maybe multiple stacked (informal?) fallacies or some kind of a psychological bias. Examples in which I sense a similar pattern which I'm trying to identify here: ...
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Is the true definition of a word "everything an object is not" until we learn otherwise?

..I am hoping that someone can help correct me if I am wrong or mislead. Using a tree as an example to explain my question: it is difficult to narrow down an exact definition of a tree because every ...
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Difference between "neither true nor false" and "either true or false."

What is the difference between "neither true nor false" and "either true or false."? I was reading about definitions And I read a line saying "Lexical definitions are either true or false". After ...
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What do they call philosophers in China?

The English word "philosopher" comes from the Greek, and literally means "lover of wisdom." But what is the literal translation of the analogous term in Chinese? (There's more to this question than ...
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Has any consensualists written on Wittgenstein?

"This was our paradox: no course of action could be determined by a rule, because any course of action can be made out to accord with the rule" - Wittgenstein This paradox is purported to call ...
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Does our language determine our "religious experiences"?

Does our language determine the character of "religious experiences"? I don't mean merely 'influence', but, as I explain in the next paragraph, whether religious experiences of a certain nature are ...
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How does Epistemology show that it's not a language game?

I'm looking for pointers towards texts that treat the issue of "doing philosophy with language" as a foundational problem-- which must be justified in order to go on and make meaningful statements ...
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