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Statements about emotions

If Ayer's had said 'I am currently thinking that stealing money is wrong', he would have been making a statement about his own state of mind. If he just says 'stealing money its wrong' he is not ...
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Why did the logical positivists “reject metaphysics”?

Contemporay analytical metaphysics is a much different species than the, say, speculative metaphysics of the Scholastics. Philosophy, especially when taken in league with theology, can ponder topics ...
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Is it possible to dissolve the hard problem of consciousness?

Logical Positivists tried to pretend that they did not have internal experiences, and that all observations don't involve first person experience. They also tried to pretend that we have direct ...
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Is it possible to dissolve the hard problem of consciousness?

What if consciousness is not about qualia at all? Simply having an experience (of blue skies, etc.) does not make one conscious of having that experience. A cat has (and learns from) experience. A p-...
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Ayer's denying of synthetic ostensive propositions

It seems Ayer is making a basic confusion. First: Let us suppose that I assert the proposition ‘This is white’, and my words are taken to refer, not, as they normally would, to some material thing, ...
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Why wasn't Ayer satisfied with Hume's definition of causation?

Ayer rejects Hume’s two definitions of the concept of “cause”. Comments: To definition 1: For two objects, C and E following C, the object C is named the cause of E when always objects similar to C ...
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Ayer's criticism on Hume's definition of causation

Although it isn't completely clear in Ayer's quote of it, an intrinsic part of Hume's definition is that we observe C and then we observe E, not just once, but repeatedly. We thus define causation as ...
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Why wasn't Ayer satisfied with Hume's definition of causation?

The context is that Hume is a skeptic about the entire notion of causation, and Ayer wants to challenge this. In fact, while he makes a show of being largely in agreement with Hume, he has very ...
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