Mozibur Ullah
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Is it fallacious to argue that something is correct, of good quality, or acceptable because a community of experts has established it as such?
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Well, if I asked a community of non-experts how to perform key-hole surgery and I also asked a community of doctors, I am more likely to get a better answer from the second group. But of course, these ...

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Why are believers criticized so much for being anti-science when so many scientists are ... believers?
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Well there are far fewer scientists than there are believers. Personally, I think believers find religion more relevant to their life than science. The main-stream religions have had millennia in ...

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Is 1+1=2 true by definition ?
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Your sceptic must understand what the symbols 1+1 means otherwise he is not justified in claiming that 1+1 is two. For example there are number systems in which there isn't a 1, or certain operations ...

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Can we prove reality?
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We cannot really prove that there is reality What would it mean to prove reality? Simone Weil, philosopher and younger sister to the famous mathematician Andre Weil (who solved the local Riemann ...

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Is Mathematics always correct?
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Mathematics is often taken as a kind of path to true. But its methods are not as simple as is popularly made out. Although mathematical systems are often described axiomatically, this is not how ...

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What is the truth value of the proposition 'All unicorns are beautiful'?
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A good way to look at this is through the concepts that Frege introduced - sense (sinn) and reference (bedeutung). The question becomes whether the proposition All unicorns are beautiful has ...

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Is everything just an opinion?
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This is why people invented words like "probably": if a man habitually has yoghurt every morning then tomorrow morning I expect him to have yoghurt at breakfast though of course there is a small ...

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Did Thales really argue this?
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Nothing directly attributed to Thales that has come down to us, but Aristotle does mention four views in his books: The earth rests on water. (De Caelo) Water is the archê of all things. (Metaphysics)...

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Why does the universe obey scientific laws?
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Let's take the counter-proposal. Suppose the world does not act in accordance with any laws. What would this mean? It would mean that there are no observable regularities ever. Then the sun may or ...

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Why are western Philosophers not fair to Indian philosophers?
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There is such a thing as cultural chauvinism: I note for example, you are not asking why philosophy of the aborigines of Austranesia not represented. I take it, you are of Indian ancestry; and this ...

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Doesn't nihilism contradict itself?
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Yes, it does contradict itself. But that doesn't make it any less useful as a philosophical position as many nihilists will tell you. Nihilism may be better understood as an aesthetic rather than a ...

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Can something come out of nothing or not? Why?
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One argument is that time itself has a beginning. And thus the universe can be eternal, in the sense of being existant at all times. One could also argue that time must have a beginning, for how can ...

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Is something creating itself nonsense?
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The New Atheism seems to be promoted by Scientists or Philosophers pursuing a Physicalist agenda. The actual physics is silent about why or how the universe was created. Its also not generally ...

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Motivations for dialetheism?
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Here is another motivation for dialethism - inconsistent set theory: It allows for a formalisation of naive set theory with the naive expectation that any predicate determines a set. That is, it's ...

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How or where are lines drawn, if at all, between eastern mysticism and philosophy?
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Western philosophy has a long and broad tradition. It doesn't surprise me that in a first course in the West you would only be introduced to the major Western philosophers - but perhaps it is worth ...

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Are all paradoxes reducible to one "fundamental" paradox?
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You might find Graham Priests book The Limits of Thought helpful in refining your question. Priest argues that thought runs into true contradictions when it runs up against its own limits This ...

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How does catuskoti apply to everyday life?
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The point of the Catuskoti is to discuss subjects outside the context of the context of the everyday, or Lebenswelt as the author of the article points out; even the ordinary formal logic of Western ...

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Does Santa Claus exist?
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Santa Exists (axiomatic) Thesis - Santa does not exist; anti-thesis - Santa does exist; Synthesis - Santa does exist in some possible world, and hopefully ours. (Hegel & Lewis) Santa exists in ...

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Was Kierkegaard racist?
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they abandon themselves to the bestial stupor which gapes at existence, and they think they have seen something. This rather looks like an early critique of what much later Edward Said calls ...

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Can we fit non-euclidean geometry into Kant's theory?
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Kant wrote in his first critique: Space is not a discursive, or as one says, general concept of relations of things in general, but a pure intuition. This is simply saying we shouldn't confuse the ...

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How to assess philosophically whether String Theory is Science or rather Metaphysics?
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I don't have an answer for you; it certainly seems to me though that this ought to be, and probably is, one of the tasks of the philosophy of science. Rovelli, a physicist, who unusually is known to ...

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Kant's refutation of empiricism
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Kant does not refute empiricism - he rescues it. It is Hume that philosophically undermined the standing of empiricism by using its analytical equipment against itself. First, he showed that ...

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Are there any Western philosophies that present views similar to the No-self view of Buddhism?
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anatman is a concatanation of the privative an, meaning no or not, and atman, which is sometimes translated as soul or self, for example, Tagore named Gandhi mahatma meaning great (maha) soul (atma). ...

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What is the philosophical status of category theory?
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Category Theory is indebted to [structuralism] in mathematics, particularly the idea of a homomophism which is a structure preserving map which first appeared in algebra. There was a parallel movement ...

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Difference between ‘determinism’ and ‘fatalism’
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Deterministic is a philosophic and scientific term. One could compare usefully it to the idea of fate in religous imagery or theology. However the term fatalistic is pejorative. It describes a ...

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Does mathematics always need axioms?
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Mathematics goes through periods of accumulation of facts of interests and axiomitisations which orders and organises these facts. Although traditionally in European curricula mathematics is held to ...

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Essential Nature
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This is the passage in question: When I sat with the philosophers I listened to them discuss very seriously a book called Process and Reality by Whitehead. They were using words in a funny way, and ...

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Does Foucault's "power-knowledge" contradict the scientific method?
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Foucault understood knowledge not merely to be disinterested enquiry but also a way of exerting power. Here, he's not talking about the power to inform or educate but the kind of power that places ...

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Should multiverse theories be rebranded as meta physics?
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I haven't come across the term meta physics, perhaps you should provide a link? Unless, you of course you mean metaphysics? I'd differentiate between the two because multi-verse theories or string ...

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Why was music such a fascination for philosophers and mathematicians alike?
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Why restrict yourself to philosophers and mathematicians? Lots of people are interested in music, many more than are actually interested in either of the disciplines mentioned above. And most are ...

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