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Probably quite a bit of Ryle's philosophy has to be brought into play before his position on philosophy and proof is fully clear - if indeed it is fully clear. The following extract may, however, clear a few spots of ground: IN "Proofs in Philosophy ", Professor Ryle points out that " Philosophical arguments can be or fail to be logically powerful ...


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Is philosophy about proof? Depends on what you mean by philosophy. Like most complex endeavors, science comes to mind, definitions are not entirely beyond controversy. Some would call this metaphilosopy which is discussion over the nature of what constitutes 'philosophy'. Ironically, not everyone even sees metaphilosophy and metaphysics as a part of or ...


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Gilbert Ryle is confused. I suspect he's thinking that a proof must be positive, but philosophy does not deal much in positive proofs. It proceeds by a process of abduction and for the most part this depends on the refutation of theories by reductio arguments. A redutio argument is a proof. Russell rejects metaphysics because he is able to prove that all ...


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It's best not to think of this as merely 'borrowing words.' I suspect that Wittgenstein himself would have said that it's impossible to borrow a word as such; what we do instead is import rules across games in strange ways. Imagine if you and I were playing checkers, and when I got a piece all the way to your side of the board (creating a king), I started ...


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Philosophical study means study of a topic at the most fundamental level. We explore all core aspects of the topic in detail so as to fully understand it. If there are more than one widely accepted philosophical theories pertaining to a subject, they exist side by side because both lead to same conclusions which are consistent with what we believe, expect or ...


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I'm getting a PhD in philosophy, and I'm friends/acquaintances with many professional philosophers (i.e. philosophy professors), and I guess I'll weigh in here. The answer depends on what you think a philosophical question looks like and what would count as an answer to one. Most philosopher think philosophical questions have answers (assuming the questions ...


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