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Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims?

This is a striking example of a question that boils down to the ambiguous meaning of a word. Yes, if you mean religion in the sense intended by your aunt, you can say it need not involve any other ...
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Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims?

No, it is not defensible Religion, according to her, is the personal relationship between God and a believer. If so, then according to her... Hinduism it not a religion Buddhism is not a religion ...
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Is discrimination in society bi-directional?

This is a topic of current controversy among social theorists. One prominent stance can be traced to activist educators Pat Bidol and Judith Katz, to the effect that "racism is power plus prejudice." ...
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Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims?

When the meaning of a word like "religion" is ambiguous, I like to make up new words to distinguish each of the ways someone may use the term. :P Personally, I do think the term "...
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What is an ordered pair of identical objects?

Indistinguishability plays an important role in quantum and statistical phsyics, failing to account for it might produce some (physical) paradoxes, e.g., Gibbs paradox. Distinguishability is then ...
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What is an ordered pair of identical objects?

You are asking what the ordered pair (a,a) is. Lets talk about what an ordered pair is first. As this thread exhibits, there are many different implementations of ordered pairs- via Kuratowski, ...
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Does a formula denote it's truth value once the variable is assigned?

P(x) is an expression of the object language. Everything else - assignments of variables, interpretations of predicates/relations, truth values and the equivalence sign between formal symbols and ...
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The aggregate effects of human-human interaction

Your hypothesis cannot be proven or unproven not least because there is no accepted way to quantify the degree of 'goodness' in an individual interaction, nor any accepted calculus for determining an ...
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Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims?

Religion is on one hand an attempt to understand the world. Religion provides a series of answers to important question about the real world. Giving explanations is always connected with the claim or ...
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What is an ordered pair of identical objects?

We wish to understand what an ordered pair is. First, we let go of any preconceptions based on the words "ordered" and "pair". The phrase is just a name. Then, we consider what is ...
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How is it possible that so many people get together, get married, have kids and *then* divorce and break up?

You are right to feel baffled by this conclusion because it hinges on a baseless assertion - that people and their personalities are somehow static and unchanging. People are constantly experiencing ...
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Are there natural language examples of n-ary relations greater than 3?

If you're asking about predicate valency then there are a few examples of tritransitive/quadrivalent verbs with four arguments. For example: I1 bet you2 five dollars3 that it would rain4.
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What if the words ‘son’ and ‘daughter’ in Germannic languages are cognates of (and Maybe originate from) forms for sun and morning?

The roots are unrelated. (Btw questions of this type are easily resolved using a lexicon or Wiktionary.) If you enjoy conceptual investigations of etymological roots you might be interested in ...
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What are some philosophical discussions on the nature of relationships?

Original Psychoanalysis, according to Sigmund Freud, is the relationship in the psyche of a conscious ego to the source of inner drives (the id) and to external reality (reality). He argues that ...
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Can one person value two other persons equally?

(This is an extended comment, not a properly sourced answer) I have a feeling that you are looking for an explanation where it is shown that loving/treating two or more people equally results in some ...
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What resolves Zeno's argument for the non-existence of place?

Aristotle resolves the argument in Physics bk. Δ On Place, ch. 3 (210b): Zeno's problem—that if Place is something it must be in something—is not difficult to solve. There is nothing to prevent the ...
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What is "ownership"?

There is not a single universal concept of Ownership. Consider the following definitions: Wikipedia Ownership is the state or fact of exclusive rights and control over property, which may be an ...
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Who first studied asymmetric relations qua relation?

The Categories, chap.7 /On Relatives/ contains a remarkable discussion in just a few pages and its author, supposedly Aristotle, might well be the first to have 'studied' asymmetric relations. So ...
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Should we forgive?

Society does forgive. When you recieve a parking ticket, you pay the fine and then society forgives you. The same goes for other matters. Forgiveness doesn't only have to be unconditional; you can ...
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What is an ordered pair of identical objects?

First, a quote: ... there is a related distinction that needs to be mentioned in connection with the type-token distinction. It is that between a thing, or type of thing, and (what is best called) an ...
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What is an ordered pair of identical objects?

That is, we can write (a, a) and order a and a. What does this mean? How can an object be ordered with itself? This is a formal definition. The pair in (a, a) is not any pair of actual objects ...
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Confucianism and other cultures/peoples

See the Huá and Yí distinction. "While at home hold yourself in a respectful attitude; when serving in an official capacity be reverent; when dealing with others do your best. These are ...
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Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims?

The answer by @JoWehler was excellent. This answer should be viewed as expanding on that. Religion, first and foremost, is an attempt to answer a set of fundamental questions that plague mankind. ...
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Is it defensible to claim that religion is a personal relationship with God and therefore contains no claims?

My aunt, who is a deeply religious person, rejects the above vehemently. She upholds that this is a very fundamental misunderstanding of religion. She says that religion cannot be considered as a way ...
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What are some philosophical discussions on the nature of relationships?

Lucretius' De Rerum Natura is a multi-faceted work of ancient philosophy that I came across because of his interest in atomism and certain 17th century ramifications of this theme in natural ...
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Does a formula denote it's truth value once the variable is assigned?

Okay, Lemontree's answer is spot on. In a lot of systems like boolean algebra '=' is treated as a function. There is a function f(x)=x, but it might be better to consider the sign '=' as an identity ...
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What is the relation between narratives and knowledge?

Meh. This is another answer people won't like, but what the heck.. The basic element of human cognition is momentary sensory experience, what we can best call 'data'. We can think of this as a ...
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Correct wording for analysis? What is the nature of this relation?

Logically, the first formulation is more correct, because the description of a computer's capabilities is a more general statement than the specific fact that it can do long division. By the way, ...
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What is love actually?

If you are being sincere when you say "you don't see them as your future spouse for some unknown reasons" perhaps you should see a therapist to figure out what those reasons are and if they ...
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