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Does the success of AI (Large Language Models) support Wittgenstein's position that "meaning is use"?

No. Wittgenstein would probably be the first to argue that the bare existence of a functioning Large Language Model does not by itself have any philosophical importance. The construction of an LLM is ...
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Comedy we play everyday and pretend everything is fine?

The first person who comes to mind is Albert Camus who won the 1957 Nobel Prize for literature, and authored many writings that contributed to the ideas in the philosophy known as absurdism. "......
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Do Wittgenstein and Quine give the same criticisms of semantics?

Yes and no. They both criticize a certain approach to semantic theory that can be called realism about meaning. Roughly, realists see meanings as some kind of entities, although there is a wide range ...
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What fallacy infers motivation from mere description?

The issue in the example seems to be that the word "dominate" is used in two different senses. When this is done in an argument (it is not clear that this is so here) the fallacy is called ...
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Does the success of AI (Large Language Models) support Wittgenstein's position that "meaning is use"?

Yes, indeed: According to the post-Tractatus Wittgenstein, words are "meaning families"; the specific "meaning" of a word is determined by (or perhaps is) its use in context. ...
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Is there only one viable definition of the logical connectives?

I would say that the plethora of notions of disjunction make the answer to this a resounding no. You can find an overview of them on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, but let me give a sketch ...
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Is verificationism dead?

There is nothing without prefiguration in philosophy; and the dead usually rise from their graves. So, to follow Mauro's lead: According to the standard textbook account, verificationism is a ...
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Should I care about my legacy?

When survival was not easy, those who performed acts for the human group to persist were praised. That's why we honor our war veterans, our elder, our women (might sound very anti-woke, but women ...
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What is the meaning of existence?

We cannot undertake to define being without falling into [an] absurdity: for we cannot define a word without beginning with the word it is, either expressed or understood. To define being therefore, ...
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What fallacy infers motivation from mere description?

My interpretation is that the original statements are not necessarily fallacious, but rather a question of the semantics carried by the word "dominate." To dominate can mean colloquially that one ...
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What's the name of the argumentation position / logical fallacy of saying "well prove it doesn't exist"

It's called shifting the burden of proof. burden of proof You said that the burden of proof lies not with the person making the claim, but with someone else to disprove. - yourlogicalfallacyis....
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With infinite language would the meaning of words collapse?

Isn't every natural language an infinite language in the sense that it can generate infinitely many sentences and infinitely many word-tokens ? This is the case even if most of these sentences are ...
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Should I care about my legacy?

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit.” -Greek Proverb We can be completely selfish and self-concerned. But that is to ignore how much of what we benefit ...
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What are the relations between externalism (Kripke, Putnam) and holism (Quine) about meaning?

Holism is an epistemological position, and externalism is a semantic one. Of course, some degree of interaction is to be expected, but not only is it possible to hold them together, it is not ...
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Is the pleasure of drugs better than long term achievements?

My first point is: hard drugs aren't generally as good as people imagine. Heroin makes your skin itch all over and gives you terrible constipation. Cocaine turns you into an intolerable arse of a ...
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Is asking to align on definition during a debate a derailling or disingenuous demand?

You were definitely being reasonable. Half the so-called problems of philosophy build down to vague use of language, and arguments at cross-purpose are the common result of a failure to pay attention ...
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Michael Dummett on the indeterminacy thesis

Assume that the scenario involving "two equally acceptable schemes of translation from a language L into a language M might carry a given sentence of L respectively into distinct sentences of M ...
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Can there be a sufficient account of meaning without an account of intentionality?

I think that any comprehensive account of meaning must include an account of intentionality, but the real challenge is to give an account of both meaning and intentionality in non-intentional terms. ...
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Would a pragmatist allow that meaning is representational of things in its use?

I do not think that there is any issue with viewing signification as an activity, in fact this is how pragmatists view it since Peirce. In modern terms, pragmatism asserts semantic and epistemological ...
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How are you intended to interpret x.R and x.S in Davidson "Truth and Meaning"?

The phrase x̂(x=x) means 'the x such that x=x'. This is just a way of forming a singular term that refers to something. The . is conjunction ('and'). So x̂(x=x.R)=x̂(x=x) is logically equivalent to ...
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Is Peirce's pragmatic maxim self-evident?

Not exactly. Peirce himself considered it a distillation of "common sense", but he offered it as an alternative to the then dominant Cartesian foundationalism. Many disputed the pragmatic ...
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Can purpose be attributed to events without grounding in agency

To answer the title question: Can purpose be attributed to events without grounding in agency? Yes. There are several examples: Daniel Dennett in several of his lectures explains how nature ...
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If I think life has meaning, then does that mean life is not meaningless?

'Meaning of life' questions are exceptionally difficult, at any rate I find them so. I'm inclined to say that life is not meaningless merely because (or if) you believe it to have meaning. If, for ...
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Is verificationism dead?

The answer by Geoffrey Thomas is helpful, but a point made in the text deserves amplification. It could reasonably be said that verificationism lives on. But only because the question of "...
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Do we have to know certain things in order to die authentically happily?

"There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle their quarrels." -from the opening section of The Dhammapada "I don't know why we ...
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Where is the line between semantics and ontology?

"In this sort of predicament, always ask yourself: How did we learn the meaning of this word ("good", for instance)? From what sort of examples? In what language-games? Then it will be ...
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How does the Buddhist pursue meaning?

Disclaimer: I'm not a Buddhist, but I'm somewhat familiar with Zen Buddhism. Buddhism is about liberation from suffering by letting go of attachments to the material world. According to Buddhism, the ...
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Michael Dummett on the indeterminacy thesis

Your response is a standard initial one to Quine’s thought experiment. We naturally assume that the translator is making some kind of imposition onto his observed subject language community, and that ...
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