Ryder
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Is there any rigorous philosophical basis for atheism?
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Off the top of my head, I think it's better to look at the criteria you've proffered for identifying "God". Working backwards, Omniscience. It's an untenable idea, especially since David Wolpert's ...

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Does Searle's Chinese Room model computers correctly?
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I'm very familiar with the argument John makes with his Chinese Room argument, and he's extremely consistent about what he means it to portray: that our concept of what it means to understand language ...

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Is there a flaw in Spinoza's argument about gender inequality?
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Spinoza's central problem here, is that it's a circular argument. He is essentially saying, that if women were equal, they'd be equal; as they are not, they must be not. Now the effective way out of ...

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How philosophy defines "intention"?
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From your response to Michael's comment, I think I see what you're looking for, and why it's confusing. There's no current "list" of meanings for the word "intention", as you'll probably find that ...

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Best books on philosophy of mind and/or consciousness?
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I would wholly recommend Susan Blackmore's Consciousness. It's part of the Very Short Introduction series, not as expensive as Blackwell's, and takes you through just enough history to help you ...

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What branch(es) of philosophy use symbolic logic as a fundamental tool?
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All philosophy uses logic, but what you've asked suggests that what you really want to know is who uses symbolic logic in drawing out their arguments. For the obvious reasons, the branch of ...

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A list of philosophic schools
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To be perfectly honest, your question's a little offensive. I could equally well ask you: where can I find an exhaustive list of the different sciences that exist? How would such a question be ...

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Why is Multiple Realizability considered to have refuted the type-identity theory of the mind?
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As you already wrote, MR doesn't specifically contest Identity Theory. The two concepts are contrary, however. Type-Identity theory is just another way of saying that there must be, for each and every ...

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Is it an informal fallacy to call an argument ridiculous without pointing out the flaw?
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"Fallacy spotting" seems to be in vogue at the moment, but remember that accusing someone of committing a fallacy is just a way of saying that person has failed to provide a logically valid argument. ...

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Is my understanding of the Transcendental Deduction correct?
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You're very close to exactly right. There's one (very) fine distinction to be made in what you write, however. Kant didn't necessarily mean to say that the categories were innate in us. Rather, he ...

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Cantor and infinities
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From what I can recall of a book I read over five years ago (please be sure to check my sources), a little of the opposition was due to the way Cantor couched his terms. He appears to have worried in ...

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What is the difference between paradoxical, dialectical and tautologous?
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Goodness, no. Don't ever rely on Wikipedia for accurate philosophy-related information. That said, I think everyone here would recommend plato.stanford.edu as a resource, but your current question's ...

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What are some good books on anger in philosophy?
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Apologies for the partial answer, but I'm not sure that there are many philosophical accounts of anger or fury specifically, apart from their general relationship to virtue, as discussed by Aristotle, ...

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Movies on philosophy similar to "Waking Life"?
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In the spirit of providing an answer to your question rather than adding to the pile of everyone's favorite philosophically-minded movies, please a take a moment to review The Cognitive Science Movie ...

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Problems with the Omnipotence paradox
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I wrote a little something about this exact issue, over ten years ago. Here it is in full. If it's a little over the top, apologies— I was much younger and sillier then. Or maybe I'm sillier now. Pfah....

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In Wittgenstein, is all the facts being *all* the facts a fact itself?
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This is one case where the language might help. In the original German1, he writes: 1 Die Welt ist alles, was der Fall ist. 1.1 Die Welt ist die Gesamtheit der Tatsachen, nicht der Dinge. ...

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Why is "unless" considered a conditional/disjunction rather than an equivalence/exclusive or?
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There are two senses of Unless. It's possible that "unless" may indicate the strong sense of the word, in which case it takes a different form and you'd be correct, but this implication is contextual....

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Kant's refutation of empiricism
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Empiricism in its most general form is the claim that all we can possibly know about the world and the laws which govern it are those things which we can directly apprehend by our senses. Hence, the ...

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Difference between Utilitarianism and Capitalist justice
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I'm not terribly good with economic theory, but it seems a little unjust that no one was able to step up on this one last year. Still, it deserves an answer. ... If we took only the reason that "a [...

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How something came from nothing.
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The problem of Nothingness, and as part of that the question of how "something arises from nothing" is a perfectly philosophical question by any measure. It's even generated a recent amount of ...

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Is experience a superposition of psychophysical data?
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If by "superposition" you mean that experience supervenes directly on quantum states, I've been told explicitly by David Albert and others with no small amount of knowledge on the subject that this ...

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How can a group report the same negative experience, relative to others of the same group?
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I think you've wandered into a spot of confusion in your terms. I'm going to lay out a specific answer, but it necessitates interpreting your question in a specific way, based on the example you've ...

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Is there an unambiguous way to state the biconditional in everyday language?
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After reading the article in question, I can see why you're confused. The example's just flat-out wrong. Converting any language into the syntax of formal logic is a messy business. Colloquial ...

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What is the philosophical value of cultural diversity?
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I think I take your point, Alex— what's the justification for maintaining a cultural identity at the expense of a cosmopolitan sense of inclusion in a "global" community? Will Kymlicka's book ...

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Is debate about free will futile?
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"Free will" is not a monolith. The reason that no person considers the issue futile to discuss is that if the determinism of behavior is a given, but we keep using the term, then what do we actually ...

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Please explain this paragraph of van Inwagen (First Argument for Incompatibilism)
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Not quite. It's a little easier to read if we make the sets explicit. Let curly braces denote any set, where the name of that set is inside the braces. For instance, set x is {x}. The set's name, ...

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What is the difference between 'instantiate' and 'exemplify', if any?
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As I've understood the terms, instantiation is simply more general. Both mean to represent a quality, attribute, or relation, but whereas exemplifying an attribute is to represent something as an ...

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Are children moral agents?
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That point of conversion from amoral agent to moral agent is not clearly defined, and may be intrinsically vague. You might start by asking, "does moral agency have clear existential borders, or can ...

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Origin of the study of naming
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"How objects are named" is something of a mystery to me. I imagine it's been a puzzle since Adam and his garden full of animals for naming. So to speak. For "how a same object can have different ...

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Is it arguable that philosophy is a crucial ingredient to a theory of mind?
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I like the question, but the answer is pretty simply "no" unless you take a very weak view of your "unconscious philosophizing" - so weak, in fact that you may want to consign it to the heap. It could ...

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