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On which frames is the modal system KW valid?

KW is defined as K + the axiom W:□(□p→p)→□p. It is said to be valid on all finite transitive and irreflexive frames. Another way to interpret my question is,...

Asked on 01/04/2022 by Nick Doe

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Name of argumentation in a discussion

Some weeks ago I was discussing with a friend. I criticized Trump about something and then my friend replied "OK, but what about Obama?". This question was aimed at removing...

Asked on 01/04/2022

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Further reading on inquiry into central human need

There is this idea that the deepest human need (need roughly meaning what is ultimately satisfying for a human) is to be unconditionally considered valuable by other minds. It...

Asked on 01/02/2022 by Peter Pibb

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How were formal systems and notion syntactic consequence (proof) developed?

I've looked at several resources to learn about logic and metalogic, and they first present syntactic consequence and semantic consequence as separate things and then try to show how each...

Asked on 12/26/2021 by csp2018

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What does Foucault mean by "boomerang"?

I emboldened a sentence that suggests Foucault might not have explained "boomerang" clearly. Foucault’s boomerang: the new military urbanism | openDemocracyRather than merely highlighting the history through...

Asked on 12/22/2021

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How could I possibly apply rule-utilitarianism in real life?

If I believe in rule-utilitarianism as the best moral system we have to judge what actions are right and wrong, how would I go about applying this system pratically in...

Asked on 12/21/2021 by Mimikyu

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Is Nietzsche's goal -- for the "overman" and "higher type" -- just 'forgetfulness'?

Is Nietzsche's goal -- for the overman and higher type of human being -- just the Buddhist concept of "forgetfulness" or dukkha? I am asking because it makes sense in...

Asked on 12/21/2021

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What is meant by "assume P"?

The proofs of mathematical statements of the form "If P then Q" usually start with the form: Assume P...then Q. What is meanty by "Assume P"? Should we consider P...

Asked on 12/21/2021

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Does this reformulation of the the analytic / synthetic distinction overcome Quine's objections?

He seemed to be asserting that synonymity cannot possibly be defined in a non-circular way. We attempt to show this is false on the basis of defining the Quine/Carnap example...

Asked on 12/19/2021

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Is the Münchhausen trilemma really a trilemma?

It claims there are three options of which none of them are satisfying. Circular argument doesn't prove anything because it's just when the premise is the same as the conclusion....

Asked on 12/17/2021 by QWERTY_dw

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