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Can the law of non-contradiction exist without the law of identity?

Can the law of noncontradiction exist without the law of identity? I am going to say no. Here is a summary of the three laws of thought, from the online Encyclopedia Britannica (formatting altered): ——...
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Can a necessitarian still believe in this notion of possibility?

If you believe that possible futures don't exist, there is only one actual necessary future, your belief must also be necessitated. Right? How is this possible? A belief implies uncertainty about ...
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Can the law of non-contradiction exist without the law of identity?

In the way the terms LNC and identity are standardly used within logic, they are independent. Classical logic includes both, but you could have a non-classical logic that lacks either one or lacks ...
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Can the law of non-contradiction exist without the law of identity?

Can the law of non-contradiction exist without the law of identity? in what follows, we'll tackle the 0th-order law of identity, the scheme 'p → p' for some binary connective for which modus ponens ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

Craig, Oppy: Premise... "mathematics is surprisingly applicable to physical reality, indicating God exists" Which mathematics is it, that are supposed to be "surprisingly applicable to ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

This site's post and edit functionality is HORRIBLE! This was properly edited and formatted. Now look at it! It will not let me space out the bottom part of my answer. I am really not interested in ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

No one's really given what I think is the best answer yet. First of all, let's grant Premise 2 here. I think it is absolutely correct that mathematics is surprisingly applicable to the physical world. ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

Null. Your question, Is the (surprising) applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact or something crying out for a (theistic) explanation? only addresses two options. It does not ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

From the transcript in the question (emphases mine): Oppy: ... We suppose also--and this is the only kind of new assumption that we're going to make to go along with the kind of metaphysical picture ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

Mathematics is the study of assumptions, and the consequences of those assumptions. If, then. If x is a real number and x^2 + 6 = 5x, then x=2 or x=3. The natural numbers have applications to the ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

No, the applicability of mathematics to the physical world is not surprising - to me at least, and evidently to many others - with or without explanation, theistic or otherwise. Nor is it necessarily ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

A brute fact. I don't even see why the question God's (non-)existence could emerge from the usefulness of an idealized framework like math to the physical world that we live in. Even if you envision a ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

My three cents. It has been claimed that the effectiveness of mathematics on physical reality is anything but unreasonable. The reason is twofold. First many theories and areas of mathematics were ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

Reality existed. Math was invented, partly to describe and predict reality, a useful tool. Calculus specifically is an example... Isaac Newton (1642–1727) is best known for having invented the ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

The argument presupposes that the relevance of mathematics to physics is remarkable. However, if you spend any time reflecting on that, you should readily conclude that it is not remarkable at all. To ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

So wait a second. The two alternative hypotheses are: God created the world and made physics work by math because he is generous to human physicists and wanted them to be able to use math. Simple, ...
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Is the surprising applicability of mathematics to the physical world a brute fact, or something crying out for a theistic explanation?

The biggest issue seems to be that Craig implies that mathematics is entirely disconnected from the physical world. But maths emerged from our understanding of physical world. We saw that when you put ...
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