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On an answer to Taurek's trolley problem

https://philosophy.stackexchange.com/a/51440/38075 As I see it, the decision is made unknowingly, but is that really making a decision? Because it's not meant to give a 50/50 chance. Plus, in reality,...
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Truth outside of god

I am looking for resources about this matter, thank you for your help! I start from a theist viewpoint (god exists). God created existence, before that, though, it is true that he was "there", but ...
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As a liberal person, what could be the ethical ways to interact with conservative and sometimes narrow minded people?

As a liberal person, what could be the ethical ways to interact with conservative and sometimes narrow minded people? Ignore them, stop interaction with them Accept it as a difference of opinion (...
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What is the difference between the Narrative Fallacy and the Post-hoc Rationalization?

Or are they the same thing? Personally I fail to see the difference between these two, but I want to be sure.
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Is there truly an objective difference between what is and what could be?

"What is" versus "What could be". What role does language as a way of knowing play in determining “what” something is? Is the desire to change the way we view the world in Art connected to or ...
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Are morality and ethics evaluated the way as they should be on this planet?

I just have a question about the final result of honesty on this planet. Are morality and ethics evaluated in this world of ours as it should be? It's from daily news that I see those who never lied ...
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Can knowledge exist without structure?

For reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/knowledge-analysis/ https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/knowledge-how/ https://plato.stanford.edu/...
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Prove ¬(P↔Q) ↔ (P↔¬Q) [duplicate]

Prove ¬(P↔Q) ↔ (P↔¬Q) I understand the general method (from P find ¬Q and vice versa for the first subproof, and use negation introduction for the second subproof) but I'm stuck when it comes to ...
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What Is Critical Thinking, and How Does One Go About Learning It?

I am a freshmen taking an 'Effective/Logical Reasoning' course as an elective. Admittedly, I thought it would be something I could understand easily, but I soon found that this is not something I can ...
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Modal logic: Why is K5 determined by the class of all Euclidean frames?

I am interested in proving that K, the smallest normal modal logic, in combination with the formula 5 (Possibly A then Necessarily Possibly A) is determined by the class of all Euclidean frames. For ...
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Can both of these derivations be derived the same way? [on hold]

Natural deduction for the Existential Quantifier Natural Deduction for the Universal Quantifier Can both f and g be derived the same way, if not, then why can they not be derived this same way?
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Wittgenstein - self and ethics in the Tractatus

I think that I quite understand the relation between ontology and "logical syntax" of language as it is presented by Wittgenstein in Tractatus. He states that there are atomic entities, which are ...
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Life without unfulfilled wishes?

Here's the conversation I was having with a guy: Me: May all your wishes come true. Him: [Maybe not all of my wishes should come true, as I fear the finality of a life without wishes.] So, in this ...
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Did Aquinas or Aristotle discuss what happens to the man when he feels bored?

Question: Did Aquinas or Aristotle discuss what happens to the man when he feels bored? What do they say about it? How do they explain that feeling? I coupled Aristotle and Aquinas in this question ...
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The name for an anticipatory counter-argument?

There's the argument ad absurdum along with several other kind of reasoning. What is the name for a forestalling counter-argument - an argument put forward pre-emptively in anticipation of an ...
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Finality of Life [on hold]

What does the expression given below actually mean? "fearing the finality of a life without wishes"
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Leo Strauss' Critique of Modern Science

I recently read Leo Strauss's views on modern science, as expanded in Alan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind". In a (very small) nutshell, Strauss had the extraordinary idea that modern ...
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What is a number? Is human's cognition sense allowed us to know numbers?

I know number is an abstract object. But I am not satisfied. Let's take number 1 represents any wholesome unit that we consider, say a goat .Then we say number 2 as 2 of that wholesome unit, here 2 ...
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Is my understanding of Kant's arguments for the categories correct?

So from what I understand from my reading of the Critique of Pure Reason, specifically in the Transcendental Deduction, is that Kant states that in order to have a unified self-conscious (a unified "I"...
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Wishes and Finality of Life [on hold]

What does a person actually mean by saying the sentence given below? "Maybe not all my wishes should come true, as I fear the finality of a life without wishes."
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Where does this utility equation come from, and what does the zero or uppercase “o” mean?

(1/n)(B + g/n) + ([n–1]/n)(0 + g/n) What is zero or uppercase O mean? Page 16: http://www.stafforini.com/library/kagan-2011.pdf#page=16 My best guess is that it's found somewhere in Reasons and ...
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Maximizing freedom in a society

A friend and I were trying to come up with the most basic rule that, if followed, would lead to a functional (and preferably good) society. He said: "People should be free to do whatever they want, ...
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What is the original formulation of “all is one”

I couldn't find any article reporting the original formulation by Parmenides. Of course there are no direct writings, but I'd like to know what the tradition says. First of all what is the Greek ...
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Should we forgive?

Religion and to some degree philosophy, may promote forgiveness. But how do you deal with: when people see that you forgive, that may give them a lesson that it is "ok" to do that to you. Another ...
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Do definitions of the mental substances come across the same problems as physicalism?

I've been reading up on physicalism both from the stanford encyclopedia article and a book on physicalism by Daniel Stoljar. I'm now well aware of the difficulties in defining physicalism let alone ...
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Difficulty finding real life examples of the bad reasons fallacy, is this fallacy committed often?

I understand that the bad reasons fallacy is committed when one assumes that a conclusion is false just because the argument is bad. But is this fallacy committed very often?
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I'm being drafted to the military but I have the option to refuse (legally), would it be immoral for me to serve? [on hold]

I’m set to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces but I have the option to exempt from the military if I wish to. So I’m in a big moral dilemma on whether I should serve or not, I’m currently leaning ...
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Truth table of “there is no smallest positive real number” [on hold]

The proof is a very simple application of proof by contradiction. I wish to see a proof of this statement using logic 101. Only if possible (that is, if not too lengthy) a truth table may be very ...
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Does a logician need to memorize all binary logical connectives truth tables, equivalences, and properties?

Pretty much what is contained in these pages: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_connective https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_function I feel like having all this info burned into my head and ...
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Help Me Classify This Way of Thinking [on hold]

Look at anyone you know. They always seem to find their way to a couple feelings - whether they be feelings of urgency, feelings of shyness, feelings of confidence, etc. Don’t they? Now look at ...
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What is different between 'accidental' and 'contingent'?

What is different between 'accidental' and 'contingent'? I thought that accidental contains intentional notation while Contingent does not. But there could be an intentional action that turns out to ...
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Is this an argument by simplification: it can be done by doing Y, therefore it can be done?

The problem is X This problem can be easily solved by doing Y Therefore this problem can be easily solved I am confused if this is Simplification (Which means the inference is Valid)
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Does personal identity (the self) have to belong to a conscious being?

How can what is empty know itself unless there is some intelligence present? It can't. That's like expecting the eye that can see so many objects, to see it self; it cannot. Likewise, the self cannot ...
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Consciousness and a simulated brain

There are already several projects that are trying to simulate the human brain (see, for example, Algorithm for large-scale brain simulations) Let's suppose that it is possible to simulate with an ...
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Hobbes: Theory of value vs Theory of right action

What does it mean when someone says Hobbes has a “subjective” theory of value and an “objective” theory of right action? Does "objective" in this sense still mean fact-based? And if so, how are the ...
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What do you think of the internet television show the Atheist Experience?

..Any input would be helpful as to make sure that I am on the right track. About 3 years ago I was falling into some religious circular/ontological arguments. I came across the internet/tv show "the ...
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How does Meta-Physics influences in terms of properties, natures, causes and classes of beings [on hold]

How does Meta-Physics influences in terms of properties, natures, causes and classes of beings. I need your support on this topic.
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What is 'counterfactual definiteness'? [on hold]

Without much gibberish, I am wondering what are 'counterfactual definitive statements' made across possible worlds? And, most importantly how do they obtain?
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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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In the philosophy of Josiah Royce, is there a tension between the individual and society?

I'm reading through Josiah Royce's view on the self and this is what I think he believes the tension to be between the individual and society: "The tension between the individual and society is ...
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What is the difference between free will and moral agency?

I've heard a lot of people get confused about the differences between free agency, free will, and moral agency. What really is the difference?
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What kinds of proofs can be given for axioms, e.g. the modal axiom S5?

From John Bigelow and Robert Pargetter's book, titled, 'Science and Necessity', they assert the following: . . . . The resulting system, S5, contains all the theorems of S4 and all the theorems of ...
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For ye continue to dream in the unconscious while awake

What does it mean to take Jung seriously when he says that we "continue to dream in the unconscious while awake?"
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Possible worlds and accessibility relations [on hold]

Is there anything preventing possible worlds from meeting one another in a plane of existence that intersects both possible worlds? And if not, how would you describe such a plane that intersects ...
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Limit of energy? [closed]

What if there is any real limit of energy that can ever be accumulated in the gravitational field? Described as: E(max) = m(max) * c^2 So... If some black hole reached that limit, (I would expect) ...
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Question About Shoemaker's Thought Experiment (Time Without Change)

In his argument that time intervals can exist without change, Shoemaker gives us an interesting thought experiment. For those unfamiliar, here it is: Assume that an entire universe is divided into ...
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In logic, which came first: the semantic approach or the syntactic approach?

Logic is today developing in many, very different directions. But the basic distinction between the semantic approach (truth, "⊨") and the syntactic one (provability, "⊢") is still important and ...
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What is the link with nihilism and hypocrisy?

What is the link with nihilism and hypocrisy? I know that Nietzsche mentions hypocrisy. I think to the effect that the old values helped it flourish, that it is now debased, with at least the ...
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Is everything still and happens at the same time?

I really don't know if there's a theory that explains if everything happens at the same time, meaning that there is no such thing as time and time is simply an illusion. This line of thought comes ...
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Formalisation of an Argument

I just came across the following passage in the Appendix B of "Why Race Matters" by Michael Levine: Let $G$ be a genotype expressed by phenotypic variable $P$, and lets $G$'s home organism $O$ ...

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