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Do ends really exist?

Means and ends exist in a hierarchy. Each end is part of the means for some higher-level end. Consider your example of the goal of eating hamburgers for dinner. The means describes a series of actions....
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Can reasoning be modeled as a preference relation over sets of propositions?

Instead of Can reasoning be modeled as a preference relation over sets of propositions? Are there any aspects of reasoning that can't be captured by a system like this? I'll focus on "Is there ...
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Do ends really exist?

Ego is Latin for I. Sigmund Freud describes the ego as the conscious and unconscious effort to govern action in a biological organism. The end or goal of the ego in any dramatic context is to change ...
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Do ends really exist?

The ends may be illusory, but the means must be practical. In the process of implementing the means, it may be discovered that the ends are impossible, or undesirable, and accordingly have to change. ...
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Do ends really exist?

The ends, or the reason and purpose, are the scaffolding of our reality from the very small (one day in human life) to the largest (the purpose of human experiment). Every day when we go to sleep, we ...
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Do ends really exist?

Very rarely do any of those individual steps carry value in their own right. I would challenge that. Any of the individual steps can and will carry all kinds of value. It's only from the perspective ...
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Do ends really exist?

One does not need to be aware of end goals to execute instrumental ones. Our machines work for us, unawares of why they exist or what they work towards. Instead it is the creators of the machines ...
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Can reasoning be modeled as a preference relation over sets of propositions?

I personally think all of the formal logic will fall into place easily if you can spend some time thinking about what you mean by "preference" and produce a more precise criteria. I prefer ...
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