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If-Thenism : A nominalistic account of talk about abstracta?


Felka, Katharina (2017). If-Thenism : A nominalistic account of talk about abstracta? Australasian Philosophical Review, 1(2):179-183.

Abstract

According to Yablo, in uttering sentences that imply the existence of abstract objects, we do not assert their literal content. Instead, we only make a weaker conditional claim that does not have the controversial implication. In this commentary I argue that the conditional claims Yablo suggests we are making are true only if abstract objects exist and, thus, also carry the controversial implication.

Abstract

According to Yablo, in uttering sentences that imply the existence of abstract objects, we do not assert their literal content. Instead, we only make a weaker conditional claim that does not have the controversial implication. In this commentary I argue that the conditional claims Yablo suggests we are making are true only if abstract objects exist and, thus, also carry the controversial implication.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:20 September 2017
Deposited On:16 Jan 2018 14:30
Last Modified:31 Mar 2018 05:03
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:2474-0500
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/24740500.2017.1346413

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