Prescisive abstraction or prescision, variously spelled as precisive abstraction or prescission, is a formal operation that marks, selects, or singles out one feature of a concrete experience to the disregard of others.
The above definition is adapted from the one given by Charles Sanders Peirce (CP 4.235, "The Simplest Mathematics" (1902), in Collected Papers, CP...
History of Philosophy
Western Philosophy is a line of related philosophical thinking, beginning in Ancient Greece, and including the predominant philosophical thinking of Europe and its former colonies up to the present day. The concept of philosophy itself...
A rhema or a rheme (also "relative term" and "topic comment"), is a logical term that requires reference to any number of other objects, called the correlates of the term, in order to denote a definite object, called the relate (pronounced with the accent on the first syllable) of the relative term in question. A relative term is typically expressed in ordinary language...
The GetWiki "meta forum" pages are here to discuss things in the "Forum" namespace. These pages work just as others do, except they do not have their own talk pages (further changes may be forthcoming). So, create/import articles as normal, using the form "Forum:Page Title" and the "GO" button. You can use threaded discussion, blog-style...
In logic and mathematics, a parametric operator Omega! with parameter alpha! in the parametric set Alpha! is a indexed family of operators (Omegaalpha)Alpha = Omegaalpha : alpha in Alpha with index alpha! in the index set Alpha!.
A multigrade operator Omega is a parametric operator with parameter k in the set N of non-negative integers.
The application of...
SOHO is an acronym for "Small Office/Home Office", a common platform for software development.
SOHOdb, an open source business database
Pragmatic theory of truth refers to those accounts, definitions, and theories of the concept truth that distinguish the philosophies of pragmatism and pragmaticism. The conception of truth in question varies along lines that reflect the influence of several thinkers, initially and notably, Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, but a number of common...
The Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) is a metalanguage in which one can define markup languages for documents. SGML is a descendant of IBM's "Generalized Markup Language" GML, developed in the 1960s by Charles Goldfarb, Edward Mosher and Raymond Lorie (whose surname initials also happen to be GML).
SGML provides a variety of markup...
GetWiki is a Bloki application, a general discussion forum, and a "metawiki" for philosophical and technical issues. Some contributors will have experiences from other blogs, forums and wikis, and some will not. Here are a few helpful links, and a few questions are answered below.
Editing FAQ -
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Welcome to GetWiki, a Wiki for the Humanities and Sciences, and "meta" topics, from Metaphysics to Metadata, running the easy-to-use GetWiki software.
The website, first known as "GetMeta", was launched in April, 2004 as a testing platform for Wikinfo, which at that...
A Bloki (wikiblog, or bliki, for those favouring wikis), is combination of the two basic approaches of Blogging and Wikiing. With blogs, the posts or articles appear in reverse chronological order on the front page, with the most recent one at the top; but with wikis, editing is done in wiki style, with a version history for each page and special markup tags. Unlike most wikis, this...
René Descartes (31 Mar 1596 - 11 Feb 1650), also known as Renatus Cartesius and dubbed "Father of Modern Philosophy", was a French philosopher crucial to Western Philosophy in the fields of Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind, and he was a key figure, with Francis Bacon and others, in the Scientific Revolution. Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy...
History of Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy has a history of several thousand years. Its origins are often traced back to the Yi Jing (commonly spelled "I Ching"), an ancient compendium of divination, which introduced some of the most fundamental terms of Chinese Philosophy. Its age can only be estimated, but it certainly draws from an oracular tradition that goes back to Neolithic...
John Bordley Rawls (21 Feb 1921 - 24 Nov 2002), a Harvard University professor, was a leading American figure in Moral Philosophy. Rawls' A Theory of Justice (1971) is considered a primary text in political and ethical reasoning, and he earned a Schock Prize for Logic and Philosophy, and a National Humanities Medal presented by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1999, recognizing...
Again, in a ship, if a man were at liberty to do what he chose, but were devoid of mind and excellence in navigation (αρετης κυβερνητικης), do you perceive what must happen to him and his fellow sailors? (Plato, Alcibiades, 135A).
Cybernetics is the study of Communication and Control...
XHTML Symbols -
Below is a quick reference for Logic and Mathematics symbols in XHTML which work on all modern browsers
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Logic: ¬ ∧ ∨ ∃...
Philosophical Method (or philosophical methodology) is the study and description of how to "do" Philosophy, arguably the "Mother" of all the Arts and Sciences. The basic feature of such a method is the questioning of "given" things, or things assumed to be true. The method also has to do with one's motivation in studying Philosophy or Science. We often find ourselves believing...
Philosophy of Religion is the study of the meaning and justification of fundamental religious claims, particularly about the nature and existence of God (or gods, or the divine).
Philosophy of religion was classically regarded as part of metaphysics, since Aristotle, in some of whose writings were...
History of Philosophy
Jewish Philosophy is the conjunction between serious study of Philosophy and Jewish Theology.
Early Jewish Philosophy was heavilly influenced by the Philosophy of Plato, Aristotle and Islamic Philosophy. Many early medieval Jewish philosophers (700s to 1000 CE) were especially influenced by the Islamic Motazilites; they denied all limiting attributes of God and were...
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