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How do I operate with philosophers if I reject deductive reasoning?

Deductive reasoning is the one that takes premises for granted. I never do it. Therefore I never do deductive reasoning. Well, enough jokes. It is safe to assume that deductive reasoning never should ...
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If nature is inherently imprecise, how is it so easy for us to conceptualize mathematical certainties?

In modeling any real physical system, we are required to employ inductive reasoning. We can never be completely certain about the state or properties of any system or of any future observation we will ...
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If-then syllogism and multiple conditionals

Can one condtional statement cancel another one ? For example i say if you get 85/100 at maths test i will gift you a car a but if you get 85/100 at maths and 50/100 at history i wont gift you ...
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What does it mean to be rational? [closed]

What does it mean to be rational/reasonable? Is it reasonable to believe only things that can be and are verified empirically? Are things reasonable only if we understand them at an intuitive level? ...
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Reason is the adversary of thinking

I came across this quote by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, "Thinking only begins at the point where we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the most obstinate adversary ...
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How is it possible to be thankful for what you have?

Question: How can one be thankful for what he has? Details: Many religions, philosophies and self-development lectures advocate people to become grateful with what they already have so that they can ...
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Is there a name for the idea of inherent bias in an authority figure or expert?

We often appeal to experts and authorities due to the usefulness of their acquired knowledge, and a lot of the time, this is a fairly sensible thing to do. However, very often, I feel like there is a ...
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Is the following considered an argument or just a set of statements? If it is an argument what would be the premises and conclusion?

In every age, philosophers have compared the human mind to the latest technological gizmo. Currently we use computers as models of our minds. Seventy-five years ago, our minds were compared to ...
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Existence of Jungian archetypes

I can't seem to make sense of any of the summary definitions of an archetype according to Jung. Has a consise, consistent definition been given anywhere?
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Help me understand Earman and Salmon's pragmatic vindication

"Hume showed convincingly that, if nature is uniform, inductive reasoning will work very well, whereas, if nature is not uniform, inductive reasoning will fail. This much is pretty easy to see. [Some ...
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Faith versus Reason

I am looking for books on the discussion of terms and concepts like reason, faith, instinct, evidence, confidence, justification, etc. But especially reason versus faith. I not looking for science ...
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Teaching my son the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning

My son has shown an increased ability to grasp complex ideas, and one that he recently brought up was logic, more specifically the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning. What would be ...
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Definition of “reason”

After seeing the interview of Jordan Peterson about the gender pay gap I was discussing about this topic with my flatmate. Rather than discussing about the gender pay gap here, my question is about ...
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Is knowledge in the arts based on abductive reasoning?

Is knowledge in the arts based on abductive reasoning? In the arts esp. visual art, do we use abductive reasoning to try to come up with the best possible interpretation of a piece of visual art?
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Is there a deduction analog to the problem of induction?

Aren't deductive and inductive reasoning equally unjustified? So, inductive reasoning is going from specifics to general, whilst deductive reasoning is going from general to specific. But in deductive ...
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Logic and reason is circular reasoning..?

In an argument about circular reasoning the opponent does nothing but state over and over that if 'God exists because the bible says so and the bible is true so god must exist' is circular reasoning, ...
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Why is a position without a reason invalid?

A position without a reason is fundamentally a premise, where the premise is simply much more profound than usual. Since every non-trivial argument is based on a subjectively procured premise, it ...
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Does coherentism neglect the motivational aspect of justification?

Coherentism, in its various iterations, generally works off of the suggestion that a large enough circle in reasoning avoids being a vicious circularity. I think that whatever is meant by 'vicious' by ...
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What is the meaning in our existence? [closed]

So I dont know why but I am starting to get these questions in mind..let's see..where to start.. So at first I think it started from me thinking about life and death...you get born into this world, ...
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Is it a fallacy to argue that if something is much much more likely to occur then it is in fact the case?

Is it OK to argue that what is hugely more likely to occur is in fact the case? There seems to be a class of paradox that relies on the idea that what we think is the case is in fact much much less ...
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David Hume - Reason being a slave the passions [duplicate]

In David Humes' book, "A Treatise of Human Nature" he states that reason is the slave to the passions. "Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other ...
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What is the difference between an excuse and a reason? [closed]

I've been told not to use excuses, as per a "set of ethics", that if I gave reason for being late for an appointment, for work, not being a mathematician, etc. But, I don't see a moral difference ...
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Does the discovery of Earth- like planets make it reasonable to assume that life also exists on those planets? [closed]

There has been much interest recently around the discovery of Earth- like planets. While thinking of the possibility of life on those planets, I came to the realization that assuming there is no life ...
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We do everything for pleasure

I have been in debate for a while now with me friend. I come here looking for feedback and possible outlooks to related sources. The question we posed a long time ago is interesting one: why do we ...
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Should the power of an explanation have limited scope?

Should the power of an explanation, especially in science (though I'm interested if this changes anything), have a limited scope? Meaning that in abduction an explanation that explains more isn't ...
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Within philosophy, is “reason” a broader concept than “logic”?

Within philosophy, is "reason" a broader concept than "logic"? In a comment under this question Jon Ericson suggested a case could be made for "reason" to include "logic" but not vice-versa. I had ...