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Sense, philosophy: sense is a property of statements which makes the determination of the truth value (true or false) possible, although not guaranteed. Even false statements make sense; otherwise their falsehood could not be established. What is meaningless, therefore, is what cannot be negated. Statements about the future allow an assessment of probabilities if they are sensible without having a truth value. Wishes and commands are sensible and understandable if they can be reformulated into negative statements. See also understanding, negation, truth values, verification, determination, indeterminacy, probability, Fregean sense.

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Thomas Hobbes on Sense - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 216
Sense/Individual/Striving/Hobbes/Höffe: Because nothing is good, evil or bad by itself, the state power, second element, justifies itself from an empirically determinable principle, the self-interest of all concerned, their free consent. Hobbes represents a legitimatory, not social-theoretical individualism.
Ultimate justification/Hobbes: The ultimate basis of his justification is the individual, the person striving to fulfil his or her desire. The point of reference is the single, but not isolated, person. >Happiness, >Good/The Good/Hobbes.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Hobbes I
Thomas Hobbes
Leviathan: With selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668 Cambridge 1994

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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