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Do meanings of statements exist?

Meaning comes from the shared use of words in the relationships between people. Meaning is the resulting shared concepts invoked in peoples' minds. Materialism posits that these people, the modes of ...
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Do meanings of statements exist?

No, it does not rely on a misunderstanding of the word "exist". Meanings exist in the normal everyday sense of the word. Ask anyone who is not trained in materialist philosophy. Meanings ...
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How to handle definitions in professional philosophic/scientific contexts?

When and how to introduce definitions, what their purpose is in debates, what their limitations are, is a topic both in logic and meta-logic, in the methodology of particular sciences and other ...
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Is the uptake in grounding-talk, in modern analytic metaphysics, a carryover from the notion of a ground-state in physics?

Ground states in QM are simply minimum energy states, so there isn't, as far as I can see, a literal or metaphoric link with the use of the word 'ground' to mean the justification or basis for an ...
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Is the uptake in grounding-talk, in modern analytic metaphysics, a carryover from the notion of a ground-state in physics?

If Etymonline's article on 'grounding' is to be believed, 'grounding' as a term for arguments goes back to the 14th century with potential roots back into Old English. From the article: mid-13c., &...
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Are humans and other animals machines?

If you're a materialist then you don't jave much option to believe animals and humans are types of machines. But there are other options like vitalism or theism that says they are not machines. The ...
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Is religion a kind of mythology, or the opposite?

All religions in this world are essentially a collection of ethical norms, not metaphysics. Their main goal is to solidify the production and life experiences of human society summarized from ancient ...
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