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Does a sentence exist if it is not written, spoken, or even thought of?

In math and logic structures can be said to "exist" even if the current universe may not hold an instance of them. Like "for every prime number there exists a larger prime number". ...
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What are the main interpretations offered so far of biscuit conditionals?

As you mention, the term 'biscuit conditional' derives from John Austin's example from How to do Things with Words (Oxford, 1962). There are biscuits on the sideboard, if you want some. This appears ...
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At what point in the history of mathematics, and why, did mathematicians come to say "A implies B" to mean "not A or B"?

The word 'implies' is definitely ambiguous. Saying that "it just means if A is true, then B is true" does not explain anything. John Corcoran wrote a paper ("The Meanings of Implication&...
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Does a sentence exist if it is not written, spoken, or even thought of?

ultrafinitists will say the googolplex-long sentence does not exist, precisely because the concrete physical inscription cannot exist, while most everyone else will agree it does 'exist in principle'/'...
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Which author(s) first talked of Aristotle's syllogistic as a logic of terms?

I'd bring forward some considerations in the spirit of Fermi estimation. Here are the Ngram Viewer graphs for the phrases “term logic,” “logic of terms” and “terminist logic”: A quick browse for “...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

The key difference is that consciousness is a subset of the effects associated with the mind. Much of your mental activity is subconscious. If, for example, you ever attempt to complete a cryptic ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Mind describes all our internal processes by which we guide a "self" through a complex world. From the dawn of psychology, it has been clear that our introspection of our consciousness is ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Mind is the substratum within which all thoughts are created. That is, the mind gives rise to thoughts; thoughts are developed within the mind. Consciousness is the faculty which interacts with these ...
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Do we need expertise to rate the chance of very low and high probability events?

given the assumption of uniform distribution, the probability of winning some lottery by buying N different tickets is a well-defined arithmetic question/problem/statement of a kind that guesses about ...
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Does a sentence exist if it is not written, spoken, or even thought of?

Your title includes "never been thought of" while your actual question body clearly addresses things we can think of (the very long sentence). Let's first state that one of our great ...
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Non-Kantian answers to the Kantian question of representation

This is in some contexts called the symbol-grounding problem. In a philosophical setting, we could call it the problem of objective purport or problem of intentionality. Various people after Kant have ...
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At what point in the history of mathematics, and why, did mathematicians come to say "A implies B" to mean "not A or B"?

The core of the matter can be contemplated by understanding the difference between the tautology (P → Q) ∨ (Q → P) and the absurdity (P implies Q) or (Q implies P). The first is true for any P and ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

I can easily lose consciousness, by falling asleep, consuming too much alcohol, or having a general anesthetic; losing my mind would be much more serious.
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Are there these two notions of possibility distinct?

But, I wonder, is there a distinction between them? one is a syntactic notion, and the other is a semantic one, besides one of them belonging/being applicable to a more restricted class of logics ...
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Is it actually a good thing that there is so little consensus and so much disagreement in the field of philosophy?

Philosophy, almost by definition, operates at the edges of human understanding, at the border region between established theory and wild speculation. The reason you don't get fundamental disagreements ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

The aggregate of form corresponds to what we would call material or physical factors. It includes not only our own bodies, but also the material objects that surround us - the earth, the oceans, the ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Mind is the set of all processes in the brain, i.e. mind is a synonym for the totality of mental processes. Consciousness is a property of certain mental processes. The search for the Neural ...
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Does a sentence exist if it is not written, spoken, or even thought of?

No-one has mentioned types and tokens. Only some sentence tokens exist (even if random fluctuations in matter can be tokens of sentences, I'd have thought that the physical world does not exemplify an ...
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Reference request for texts on causation

Causality and Scientific Explanation (1972) vol. Medieval and Early Classical Science Classical and Contemporary Science by the historian and philosopher of science and Galileo expert William A. ...
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Do we need expertise to rate the chance of very low and high probability events?

Do we need expertise to rate the chance of very low and high probability events? Knowing the total number of unique states is a good start. For a simple coin flip there are 2 unique states. A deck of ...
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Is there a philosophical model of sensations-emotions-thoughts?

It’s a really big topic, so on the bright side, there’s no shortage of further reading materials, but on the downside, I don’t have a quick answer for you. You want to know what the ingredients / ...
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