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Words change over time. If looking for any ‘true definition’ if it exists, it is buried in prehistory (before the age of writing) and so etymologies going back to prehistory can only be speculative. The word at the origin of the meaning ‘tree’ (the plant), may have come from the same prehistoric ancestor of the Latin word ‘terra’ and French ‘terre’ (which ...


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Moral agency means: free willed persons having the ability to choose between good and evil, and they willingly choose good and defend good. Free will means: the ability to choose between good and evil. A person having free will may choose evil. Thus, all moral agents have free will, but not all free willed have moral agency.


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[I]t is difficult to narrow down an exact definition of a tree because every tree is different. So to define a tree, we are actually defining everything else as not a tree, until we decide it fits into the tree category. Welcome to SE Philosophy! This is a very philosophical question, and one that hinges on the nature of definition. In your title you use ...


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The definition you're suggesting would be circular. So to define a tree, we are actually defining everything else as not a tree Of course, to define everything else as 'not a tree' you would first need to a have conception of 'tree'. Also, notice how you say "everything else", which presumably means "everything that's not a tree". So we define everything ...


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The concept of violence was, perhaps, originally restricted to physical violence, but it has been expanding over the last 60 years or so to include the idea of emotional violence. That is meant to account for things like bullying, threatening, verbal degradation, and certain forms of terrorism, in which the goal is to suppress an individual or population by ...


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Ok, first point... The seven deadly sins do not relate to actions or behaviors specifically, but to the moral contexts surrounding actions and behaviors. They are not mutually exclusive; they are more like aspects of a single problematic. The point of this isn't to say: "This action represents wrath; that action represents greed." The goal is to be able to ...


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According to empiricism [1], everything we can think of is just a set of compound ideas. An apple cannot exist without a color, or a taste. The set of properties that our sensibility grants to a thing form that thing. So, all physical things have some degree of complexity. In addition --as you mention in your question--, concepts we built upon other ...


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The question is to decide if the following two descriptions refer to objects or not: The second usage of things, as in, each thing has usually a defined usage, but sometimes people use things in a second way which is not exactly the intended purpose of the creation of that thing, e.g. bending a piece of paper and using it as a funnel. The contents of ...


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Such speculation is useless and the (movie's) argument is not logic. "Such speculation is useless": a) The goal of knowing truth is survival, but survival depends also on other aspects, and moreover, survival is just possible for a limited amount of years. Therefore, with or without truth, we will end our physical existence at some point. b) The value of ...


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"Neither true nor false” means that the statement has no definite truth valued : it lives in a sort of limbo, a truth value-gap between true and false. “Either true or false” means that the statement has (exactly) one of the two truth values. To say that "Lexical definitions are either true or false" means that a Lexical definition : also known as ...


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