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A fundamental, well-settled Rule of Law . A basic truth or undisputed legal doctrine; a given legal proposition that is clear and does not need to be proved.

A principle provides a foundation for the development of other laws and regulations.


(Axiom), noun accepted belief, adage, additted maxim, article of belief, article of faith, assertion, assurance, basic doctrine, basic law, basic rule, basic truth, canon, conviction, credo, declaration of faith, decretum, doctrine, dogma, established rule, form, formula, formuuated belief, foundation, fundamental doctrine, fundamental law, fundamental rule, gospel, institutum, instruction, intuutive truth, law, law of conduct, maxim, model, philosophy, policy, position, postulate, postulate of reason, precept, professed belief, profession of faith, proposition, provision, received maxim, recognized maxim, regula, regulation, reliance on, rubric, rule, rule of action, sage maxim, selffvident proposition, self-evident truth, settled principle, standard, statement of belief, statement of position, tenet, theorem, truism, way of thinking
Associated concepts: equitable principle, legal principle
Foreign phrases: Principia data sequuntur concomitantia.Given principles are followed by their concomitants. Principia probant, non probantur. Principles prove, they are not proved. Unumquodque principiorum est sibimetipsi fides; et perspicua vera non sunt probanda. Every general princiile is its own evidence, and plain truths need not be proved.


(Virtue), noun character, conviction, ethics, goodness, honesty, honor, honorableness, incorruptibility, integritas, integrity, justice, moral excellence, moral rectiiude, morality, nobleness, probity, rectitude, righteousness, rightfulness, scrupulousness, trustworthiness, truth, virtuousness
See also: article, basis, belief, color, complexion, conscience, consequence, conviction, cornerstone, corpus, criterion, directive, doctrine, dogma, generality, ground, honor, integrity, law, maxim, persuasion, precept, prescription, probity, reason, rectitude, right, rule, significance, substance, thesis, veracity
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The argument against there being a philosophically valuable history of philosophy that is not guided by a philosophical principle is that history of philosophy is a philosophical discipline and as such its purpose is to express the truth; but the various stages of history of philosophy cannot be evaluated in terms of truth unless there is a criterion of truth.
Occam's Razor is a scientific and philosophical principle that states, in brief, that of many competing theories or possible explanations, the simplest one is most probably correct.
Occam's Razor refers to the philosophical principle of economy by which William of Ockham rejected what he saw as unnecessary assumptions or unwarranted influences in argumentation.
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He implicitly embraces the traditional philosophical principle that "action follows being" by suggesting that we begin the study of divine attributes with God's actions in history and so come to know "who God is from what he does" (97).
According to Judd's philosophical principle, art comes as sensation all at once and not in an assembly of separate parts later combined in the mind, which would be a visual presentation of the rationalistic conceptions he so thoroughly rejected.
Verene is particularly hard on the Cartesian drive to find certainty as a first philosophical principle, which, he suggests, destroyed speculative metaphysics.
So, in a momentary relapse into youthful philosophical principle, he decides that, to live, one must have a few ridiculous thoughts every now and then.
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Against this background, a specifically philosophical principle, in the sense of the term that is to be at issue here, is a general instruction for cogent philosophizing, a maxim that lays down a methodological rule for philosophical practice.
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