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If Free Will Is Proven Illusory, Is There a Case for Suppressing the Finding?

This argument will be shorter than one might expect (from me, or for the sake of this SE). Still, I don't have much to say right now on this score, so forgive me. Now, if we had proof that ...
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If Free Will Is Proven Illusory, Is There a Case for Suppressing the Finding?

Introduction and framework As the citations provided with this question show, the argument Dennett makes is one that is widely made, with dozens of philosophers and scientists who believe in the ...
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How could one distinguish crankery from serious work?

There is an easy and straight forward answer to this question, but most people don't like it: Wait and see what happens. In the modern world, with its huge population and communications networks, if ...
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How could one distinguish crankery from serious work?

The primary objective of philosophy is the role of the reader as thinker. The subject is interpolated into a mental realism that includes reality as a whole. Thus, philosophy promotes the use of ...
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How could one distinguish crankery from serious work?

How do I know which of the two it could be? Look for somebody who does understand it. People who come up with novel thoughts often (but not always) find it difficult to describe those thoughts in ...
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How could one distinguish crankery from serious work?

The obvious answer is that you have to make a serious effort to understand the matter from first principles. For mathematics, that would mean reading all of the definitions of all of the individual ...
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Did Friedrich Nietzsche believe in "the truth"?

If Nietzsche believed there was no objective Truth, he would either have nothing to say or everything he did say means nothing. However, he probably would have agreed that it is better to seek the ...
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How is the theory of divine revelation coherent?

But if reason points to the rationality of the further knowledge it is equally rational. So if Jesus is the Son of God then you can trust what He says. Here is an example of how reason naturally gets ...
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Is scientism a self defeating epistemology?

In answering any question you submit it to the one and only mind we have. So the scientist who is a believer in God is not using a different mind. Data might be of some help here: Over 65% of Nobel ...
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Shouldn't fallibilism be a reason to abandon science?

Both Peirce and Pascal were devout believers and not at all Fideists. Fallibilism does not deny that a partial truth is still truth and that one asymptotically approaches closer and closer. We have ...
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How does one know one is not dreaming?

There are various mental conditions where we are deprived of our natural abilities, but this does not detract to the fact that we are normally able to tell whether we are dreaming or not. This is an ...
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Was mathematics invented or discovered?

Every mathematician can only discover mathematics. Yet, mathematics is an invention. And this is no contradiction. Mathematics is fundamentally dependent on the human mind, and more particularly on ...
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What does Hume mean when he relates association of ideas to languages?

Short Answer Hume's brief section is about how ideas have regular structure. Your passage mentions languages, but the reading should be broader. Some might restrict themselves in reading this passage ...
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What does Hume mean when he relates association of ideas to languages?

Consider the reconstruction of proto Indo-European numerals by modern linguists. Such reconstruction implies that the connection between modern languages and their forebears was less well understood ...
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How likely is the simplest explanation of something the correct one?

How likely is the simplest explanation of something the correct one? We don't know. This something that depends on each specific case and may require hard work to find out, or may even be beyond our ...
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How likely is the simplest explanation of something the correct one?

Philosophy deals with reality under the assumption that actual reality is reasonable, following observations that observed reality is most reasonable, most of the time (except for occasional ...
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How likely is the simplest explanation of something the correct one?

The notion of a correct explanation is a difficult concept, because the question speaks to context and causality, and those are difficult to sort out because, given the main consensus, human reason is ...
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