Colin McLarty
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Did Confucius say "Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws"?
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It is not true. The Analects do contain "If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be ...

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What's the difference between "unfalsifiable" and "true"?
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The basic answer has been given several times: a theory is falsifiable if there is some way it could be shown to be false, but not every falsifiable theory has been shown false. Of course we do ...

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How to study Hegel?
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The question is a bit like asking "Where should I go on my first trip to China?" You should go, or start, wherever is easiest and most interesting to you. Whether you read Kojeve, or Hyppolite, or ...

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Is Sisyphus actually happy or is he content?
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There is not room to quote the whole essay here, or even the whole last paragraph. They explain Camus' point pretty well. The last two sentences are: The struggle itself toward the heights is ...

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How should we choose between different theories according to Rorty, based on Kuhn?
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To your final question: Rorty was happy to emphasize Kuhn's influence without needing to follow Kuhn. Search "forward to people who want to out-Kuhn Kuhn" to find a passage from Neil Gross's book ...

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Where does Quine say logic should have no ontological presuppositions?
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Quine's Philosophy of Logic, chapter 5 "The Scope of Logic" distinguishes logic from set theory in that logic gives no ontology and set theory gives one. He even says logic can "simulate" ontology by ...

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How to show (in a hand waving manner) that the Godel sentence is true
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(1) is a special case of the general principle that if you accept a statement, then you accept that the statement is true. If you believe snow is white, then you believe "Snow is white" is true. It ...

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How can one objectivley measure the nobility or value of a given pursuit?
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First, keep in mind that the question of whether life as a professor affords a higher kind of pleasure than life as a programmer or a pornographer is one question. A different one is to ask which is ...

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What did the Tractatus (really) say about Kant's absolute / in itself value?
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The Tractatus actually says nothing about Kant except some comments on the distinction between left and right in space. This is easily verified by searching any on-line copy of the work. As to what ...

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How to express possession in predicate calculus
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Either one is correct. For some technical purposes it is convenient to bring all the quantifiers out to initial position as in your second version. For that, see "prenex normal form" on Wikipedia. ...

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Russell on what philosophy is
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[T]he point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. This is from the second lecture ...

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Plato and the knowledge of the forms
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Some priests and priestesses who have thought a great deal about explaining their concerns, say that our souls are immortal. A soul will come to an end which is called dying, but at another time be ...

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How is life defined mathematically?
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I don't know if this is what a philosophy site means by the meaning of life. But anyway chemists do not say life is just any chemical reaction. Acid dissolving limestone is not life. They say it is ...

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How do Coherentists rebut the argument that Coherence Theory allows patent falsehoods to be true?
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If you follow politics at all then you know that you cannot even preclude very important falsehoods being believed by large numbers of people. All epistemologists agree to this, whether coherentist ...

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What does "action without acting" (wuwei) in Chinese philosophy mean?
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While the modern textbook rendition of ``acting without acting'' is fairly close to the point, the phrase was really not offered as a logical paradox in ancient China. It just says not acting. (Wu=not,...

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What sort of analysis is F Jameson's discussion of Hegel?
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You need not worry about cultivating bad habits of Hegel interpretation by reading this as long as you read Hegel alongside and don't accept any interpretation that you cannot square with the source. ...

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Should any philosophy tell one how to live if its adherents aren't completely able to "toe the line?"
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It could be a philosophy of "we must aim at this imperative, though we all fall short sometimes."

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Did Quine have another reason to be skeptical of reference besides its context-dependence?
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Yes. He believed he saw indeterminacy of translation in actual languages. Of course his ideal case of "radical translation" involves languages with no common history at all--which never happens on ...

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A Kantian Platonist view of mathematics
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No it is not stupid. So far it goes, it is right about Kant. As to Platonism in philosophy of mathematics, people give widely different definitions, often explicit that they do not mean to describe ...

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Is there an older book on Kant called "The Critical Philosophy Critically Examined"?
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It could be the article by Henry Sidgwick, "A Criticism of the Critical Philosophy," Mind, Vol. 8, No. 29 (Jan., 1883), 69-91. That is on-line at http://www.ditext.com/sidgwick/critical.html While ...

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Does a beginning imply an ending? (In regards to the universe)
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Current cosmology, largely based on General Relativity, allows the universe could have a beginning in the sense of extending only finitely far into the past, and could have an end in the sense of ...

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