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Question posted on April 16, 2015; no responses
Can a word be used incorrectly and still be 'useful'? I've heard that pragmatists define true statements as those that are useful in predicting future empirical outcomes, to quote Wikipedia. However, I have heard of words being used incorrectly...
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Question posted on April 6, 2015; 2 responses
I'm grateful for Allen Stairs' response to question 5821, but he, like Richard Heck and Stephen Maitzen when answering question 5792, ASSUMES that words like "all" have the same meaning in everyday English as they have when used by logicians....
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Question posted on March 19, 2015; 1 response
I'm still puzzled by the answers to question 5792, on whether it is true that Mary won all the games of chess she played, when Mary never played any game of chess. Both respondents said that it is true....
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Question posted on February 9, 2015; 2 responses
Suppose I have never played a game of chess. If I now make the claim that I've won all the games of chess I've ever played, is that claim true, false, or undefined? A group of friends had...
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Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
Just what is a definition? Are definitions ever proved or are they all man made? If they are man made, what good are they?...
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Question posted on December 30, 2014; 1 response
The standard way of thinking about 'mental disorders' goes like this: Take some phenomena and think of a name that stands for all phenomena together. So far nothing wrong. But then it happens, the given name is being crowned as cause...
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Question posted on December 18, 2014; 1 response
My reductionist friend argues that rice noodles are not noodles since the very first noodles ever made and the noodles most commonly eaten around the world are made from wheat by definition. That is to say, the term "rice noodles"...
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Question posted on November 20, 2014; 1 response
The question comes out of an thought experiment which goes like this: Suppose i ask you to choose a random word from English dictionary. And I tell you to find its definition. Now the definition of the word will also...
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Question posted on June 5, 2014; 1 response
What is the essential relationship between rules of grammar and a living language? Is it primarily descriptive or prescriptive? I am fluent in 3 languages, and it seems to me that native speakers, especially in Chinese, rarely know much about...
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Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
Reading Wikipedia and a bit of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, I learn that, for most philosophers today, the distinction betweem analytic and synthetic truths or falsities is no longer acceptable. For them, there are no analytic truths. This rejection...
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Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
I guess some people call almost everything "a language". Is music a language? Is mathematics a language? I really think they aren't, but have no idea on how to explain it. Thank you....
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Question posted on December 19, 2013; 1 response
There was a question recently about whether "language" was necessary for "thought" and no one mentioned music! if I "hear" a tune running through my head, is that "language" and is that "thought"?...
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Question posted on November 28, 2013; 2 responses
Why do so many scholars and intellectuals think that language is necessary for thought? ...
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Question posted on October 3, 2013; 2 responses
Suppose that all the languages in the world have the same number of vocabulary. Is it possible that one language is more superior than another in the way it represents the world, even if they have the same number of...
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Question posted on September 19, 2013; 1 response
Are the intentions of a speaker or writer relevant to determining the meaning of what they say or write? It seems common to suppose so. For example, people will often try to argue for an interpretation of a book by...
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Question posted on September 12, 2013; 2 responses
Can translations ever capture the true essence of the original word? More abstract concepts or ideas such as love, anger, or honor are fundamentally built on cultural and social understanding and context, which may be difficult to be aptly understood...
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Question posted on September 12, 2013; 1 response
Is it reasonable to claim that a particular language is more superior than another in terms of the way it captures reality, for instance, by having a wider vocabulary than others? ...
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Question posted on August 29, 2013; 1 response
Are definitions always human made? If so, do they not exist on non-human planets?...
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Question posted on July 25, 2013; 1 response
Is the statement, "the only rule is that there are no rules" the same in meaning as "there are no rules"? Why would a person ever necessarily use the first statement?...
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Question posted on July 11, 2013; 2 responses
Why are counterfactual claims taken seriously by philosophers? Aren't they just an imaginative way of thinking and talking? For example, why is a counterfactual of the form "If it had been the case that A, then it would...
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