This volume contains monologues and dialogues in which the most basic questions of psychoanalysis, philosophy, and logic are given clear and cogent answers.
This book provides clear, concise answers to such questions as: What is it for one event to cause another? What are the different kinds of causation? Does knowledge of physical law presuppose knowledge of instances of causation, or is it the other way around?
"one of the two or three best philosophy books"
The nature of relations, in the mathematical sense, is explained and, on that basis, the nature and significance of ordinal numbers is also explained. In the process, important points are made concerning the nature of mathematical structure.
Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person.
Platonism is the doctrine which says that the spatiotemporal must be understood in terms of the non-spatiotemporal.
The theorems of the propositional calculus and the predicate calculus are stated, and the analogous principles of Boolean Algebra are identified. Also, the primary principles of modal logic are stated, and a procedure is described for identifying their Boolean analogues.
"The best audio book in Boolean Algebra in existenc"
In this fictitious dialogue, it is clearly explained how quantum physics is deterministic and how it is indeterministic, and it is also clearly said what Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle is.
"great discussion of determinism"
This work gives clear rigorous answers to the fundamental questions of epistemology, these being: What is knowledge? How does declarative knowledge differ from procedural knowledge? How does intuitive knowledge differ from discursive knowledge? How does scientific knowledge differ from non-scientific knowledge? What is the difference between discovery and justification? And much more.
"The ultimate philosophy book"
A case is made that so-called international law is law in name only and, moreover, that although bona fide international law is theoretically possible, it would not be desirable.
"cogent and beautiful"
A fast-paced dialogue in which key philosophical terms are defined and the corresponding concepts are briefly explained.
This short work clearly states what a formal language is and it thereby answers questions of fundamental importance about language in general. It is established that the concept of a perfectly formal language is incoherent but that the concept of a relatively formal language is coherent.
A light-hearted discussion of the nature of knowledge and truth.
"the best short dramatic work of the last decade"
A new kind of medium for conveying content is described. This medium is intermediate in nature between books and real-time exchanges, and it has the advantages of each and the disadvantages of neither. And this little book is itself an instance of the thing it describes.
The distinction between neurosis and psychosis is discussed.
"This Series is AWESOME!!!!"
It is made clear what analytic truth is and how it differs from formal truth. Some important theorems about incompleteness are stated both comprehensibly and accurately.
"fabulous narration, a lovely book"
A must-listen for anyone interested in philosophical psychology, moral epistemology, or Kant interpretation, this brisk monograph provides a long-overdue alternative to the dreary and opaque tomes on which Kant aficionados have thus far had to rely.
The argument for God's existence is here clearly stated and definitively refuted. The so-called "ontological argument" for the existence of God was first put forth explicitly by St. Anselm. There are different versions of this argument. We'll consider three, starting with Anselm's own.
It is made clear what discursive knowledge is and how we acquire it, and some age-old skeptical views are shown to be incoherent. It is shown that all knowledge is to some degree inferential. At the same time, it is shown that there are three quite distinct senses in which empirical knowledge can be inferential. It is proved that we have a priori knowledge, and also that knowledge of non-empirical truths is needed to acquire empirical knowledge.
"Great book, wretched narration job"
Scholars and laymen generally assume that emotions are not judgments - that whereas judgments are expressions of rationality, emotions are expressions of irrationality. In this concise volume, it is shown that emotions are in fact judgments, with the qualification that emotions are hewed to egocentric frame of reference, whereas garden-variety judgments are hewed to a non-egocentric frame of reference.
A number attempts to provide a rational basis for religious sentiment are clearly stated and carefully critiqued, most of them being shown to fail. At the same time, it is argued that the legitimacy of religious sentiment is in no way undermined by such failings, since any outlook whose legitimacy depends on the outcome of logical or empirical inquiry is for that very reason a non-religious outlook. And the reason for this is not that a religious outlook is a stubbornly irrational one.
"the most incisive analysis of religion known to me"