When explaining the distinction between essential and accidental properties bachelors are often used. The idea of essential properties is this: The distinction between essential versus accidental properties has been characterized in various ways, but it is currently most commonly understood in modal terms along these lines: an essential property of an object is a property […]
Month: September 2010
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Indeed it is. But I cannot find a source for the quote. It is listed as unsourced on Wikiquote (which is a pretty good indication of it being a misquotation). A google search does not reveal a […]
As for the case of the external world, I think we should be realistic about it.
The only thing that matters is whether idealism is true or not.
piratefish I’m reading Irving Copi’s Introduction to Logic, very boring and not that well written, any suggestions? Just a college level book that gives a comprehensive intro to the topic. Thanks. kennethamy “Boring” is not a particularly apt criticism of a text. There are jazzier logic books out there, with bunches of cartoon and jokes […]
Some people sometimes mention that deduction conforms to the GIGO principle. I will here show that in a straightforward interpretation of that, it is false. “Garbage in, garbage out” is a metaphor or sorts. The mental image I form when I hear it is something like a huge machine that, when garbage is put into […]