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202 Answered Questions for the topic philosophy

Philosophy Logic Pascal

03/18/19

What fallacy in Pascal's Wager allows replacing God with the devil?

I wanted to know the name of the fallacy or fallacies the Pascal's Wager in the sense that it can be applied to motivate one's belief in many things. A similar argument to the original Wager can be... more

03/18/19

How to get started with philosophy without getting overwhelmed quickly?

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find how to get started with philosophy but I can’t. It seems that getting started with computer programming is nothing in comparison - with computer programming... more
Philosophy Ethics Theology

03/18/19

Does the idea of being created imply the necessity for obedience to a creator?

If a scientist created intelligent life (biological, AI software, etc.), would that scientist have the right to dictate to that life a moral framework? Does the act of creation give implicit rights... more
Philosophy Biology

03/16/19

What is the bioethical issue?

Philosophy Anthropology Sociology

03/15/19

What is actor-network theory?

03/14/19

What is the difference between a statement and a proposition?

I'm doing a MOOC on mathematical philosophy and the lecturer drew a distinction between a proposition and a statement. This is very puzzling to me. My background is in math and I regard those two... more
Philosophy Logic Truth

03/14/19

What is the difference (if any) between "not true" and "false"?

A fairly simple question I hope someone can help me with.
Philosophy Logic Fallacies

03/14/19

Is circular reasoning always a fallacy?

Suppose the following dialogue: >... >"I accept only one notion of land property. Namely, 'I am doing my stuff here, therefore I am here". >"But this means," he responded, "you can break... more
Philosophy Truth

03/14/19

Why do some people care so much about "empirical truth"?

Whenever you discuss philosophy, inevitably you will come across a type of person who holds empirical truth above all else, and will blatantly ridicule any discussion which has its onset in a... more
Philosophy Logic Terminology

03/14/19

How can we reason about "if P then Q" or "P only if Q" statements in propositional logic?

When you have a propositional sentence of the form ***P* ⊃ *Q*** — which we might read as "if *P*, then *Q*" — how can you tell when it is true, or false, based on the truth-values of *P* and *Q*... more
Philosophy Logic Difference

03/14/19

What is the difference between Fact and Truth?

Philosophy Psychology Logic

03/13/19

Is it a fallacy to say that a sane person cannot apply rational thought to the motivations of the insane?

A common argument in today's news is that: 1. Someone commits a heinous crime by shooting a bunch of people. 2. Anyone who commits a heinous crime must be insane. 3. Sane people cannot apply... more
Philosophy Logic Validity

03/13/19

Can an argument be valid even though one of its premises is false?

Is it possible for an argument to be valid by virtue of its logical form, but contain a false premise? In other words, can a premise be false even though the argument itself is logically valid?
Philosophy Logic Descartes

03/13/19

Could 'cogito ergo sum' possibly be false?

I've heard it postulated by some people that *"we can't truly know anything"*. While that does seem to apply to the vast majority of things, I can't see how *'cogito ergo sum'* can possibly be... more
Philosophy

03/04/19

If Tyler gets an A on the final, he’ll pass the course, and I’m sure he’ll get an A on the final. So, Tyler will pass the course. Is this a argument or not? Why not?

I am really confused with the IF sentences. Cant tell if they are arguments or not, if so proper or not?
Philosophy Religion

02/14/19

Which of the following religions believe in the Holy Trinity?

1)  Christianity 2)  Islam 3)  Judaism 4)  all of the above
Philosophy Critical Thinking

02/13/19

Critical Thinking - Changing headlines

If a headline were to say, "New Pill Controls Birth Twice a Month," it would be unintentionally funny. Which one rewriting of it says only what was most probably intended? a. New Pill Works Twice a... more
Philosophy

10/03/18

can you give me an example of a socratic dialogue?

Philosophy question
Philosophy

09/09/18

Consider the following argument

Consider the following argument: It’s impossible for robots to have minds. This is because minds are identical to brains, and if minds are identical to brains—that is, if a mind is nothing over and... more
Philosophy

01/09/18

can you help me please.

Science is an empirical field. Define what this meansand use your definition discuss why the following process is not scientific: Let’s say that I lock myself in a room with no windows and no... more

Can someone find an argue that this question has hasty generalization? I'm a bit stuck.

Teacher: Ms. Lewerke, we need to discuss your attire and how it violates the school dress code. Student: Here we go again, you’re going to apply the sexist dress code that allows boys to wear what... more
Philosophy Thomas Hobbes

10/11/17

What does Hobbes believe is the true definition or state of leviathan?

Is this a logical state 
Philosophy

06/29/17

Is "boy is a boy, girl is a girl" an empirical or necessary truth?

I need answers quickly.
Philosophy

04/29/17

According to Plato, as demonstrated in the Meno, we are born with knowledge of things like geometry

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Philosophy

04/04/17

Categorical imperatives are

a. a priori moral laws of how a rational being should use that rationality in practices. b. derived from observation of human behavior and speculation on what standards would maximize happiness or... more
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