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by commonsense
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Does absolute truth exist?
Replies: 11
Views: 137

Re: Does absolute truth exist?

That leaves us with the epistemological concept of a statement being usually true, yet acceptable anyway. Yes, a statement can be usually true. Even the seemingly most absolute statement, in the extreme, could be false. For example, everyone will die eventually. At least, thus far everyone has been...
by commonsense
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
Replies: 17
Views: 310

Re: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

Thank you, wtf, for the clarity you infused in the thread.
by commonsense
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
Replies: 17
Views: 310

Re: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

I have been reading and rereading this essay, and I am still left with the question, why should philosophers, other than those of logic and mathematics, be concerned with computational complexity theory. The essay offers that it is hard to imagine a discussion about problems of philosophy of mind, a...
by commonsense
Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics
Topic: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity
Replies: 17
Views: 310

Re: Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity

If this is an appeal to philosophers, shouldn't you first define "Computational Complexity" at least? Scott M, between Scott A’s essay and a flurry of Wikipedia references, I was able to grasp a working definition of what computational complexity is. (This was no easy task for me, a novice at best....
by commonsense
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Pugilism v pacifism
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: Pugilism v pacifism

So boxers aren’t drafted and they don’t intend to kill, but could there be a boxer/conscientious objector? Boxing is a sport; a boxer’s aggressiveness is part of his training and preparation for a fight. Being as this is a sport, anyone but the most extreme pacifist should be able to take part. I ca...
by commonsense
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Pugilism v pacifism
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: Pugilism v pacifism

So true.
by commonsense
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Pugilism v pacifism
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Pugilism v pacifism

Can a pugilist be a pacifist? Muhammad Ali, nee Cassius Clay, certainly thought so. Ali was a champion prize fighter when he declared himself a conscientious objector. How could Ali participate in an aggressive sport and be unwilling to be inducted into the military? Isn’t inflicting harm on an oppo...
by commonsense
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is proper spelling important?
Replies: 51
Views: 1010

Re: Is proper spelling important?

Please accept my apology, vegetariantaxidermy, for engaging in an ad hominem exchange. It’s your right to believe as you do, and my responsibility to apply curiosity, not animosity, when reading your posts. I hope that others throughout the forum will refrain from this nonsense, as I hope to do so g...
by commonsense
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is proper spelling important?
Replies: 51
Views: 1010

Re: Is proper spelling important?

Obviously not to Americans. This American recognizes a sentence fragment when he sees one. This non-American recognises informal, semi-spoken English rather than formal English. You are saying that, like the Americans you demean, grammar is unimportant to you when you semi-speak informal English. W...
by commonsense
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Is proper spelling important?
Replies: 51
Views: 1010

Re: Is proper spelling important?

vegetariantaxidermy wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:34 pm
Obviously not to Americans.
This American recognizes a sentence fragment when he sees one.
by commonsense
Sun May 26, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have an inherent capacity to decide that a conclusion follows necessarily from premises?
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Do humans have an inherent capacity to decide that a conclusion follows necessarily from premises?

The question is this: Do humans have an inherent capacity to decide that a conclusion follows necessarily from premises? (Inherent capacity: not dependent on formal or informa learning) While the capacity is natural, it is nurture that is necessary to bring this ability to fruition. Children, for e...
by commonsense
Sat May 25, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Homo Faber
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Homo Faber

Tallis’ claim that the use of tools is a fundamental difference between humans and other animals is based on a difference of degree and not a difference of kind. Most of the article is focused on the difference between the tools themselves, their purposes and their origins. Here the discussion right...
by commonsense
Fri May 24, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: For Goodness’ Sake
Replies: 10
Views: 161

Re: For Goodness’ Sake

Would you describe yourself as selfless or selfish?