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Are there objects that are "thin" in the sense that not very much is required for their existence? Frege famously thought so. He claimed that the equinumerosity of the knives and the forks suffices for there to be objects such as the number of knives and the number of forks, and for these objects to be identical. The idea of thin objects holds great philosophical promise but has proved hard to explicate. Øystein Linnebo aims to do so by drawing on some Fregean ideas. First, to be an object is to be a possible referent of a singular term. Second, singular reference can be achieved by providing…mehr

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Are there objects that are "thin" in the sense that not very much is required for their existence? Frege famously thought so. He claimed that the equinumerosity of the knives and the forks suffices for there to be objects such as the number of knives and the number of forks, and for these objects to be identical. The idea of thin objects holds great philosophical promise but has proved hard to explicate. Øystein Linnebo aims to do so by drawing on some Fregean ideas. First, to be an object is to be a possible referent of a singular term. Second, singular reference can be achieved by providing a criterion of identity for the would-be referent. The second idea enables a form of easy reference and thus, via the first idea, also a form of easy being. Paradox is avoided by imposing a predicativity restriction on the criteria of identity. But the abstraction based on a criterion of identity may result in an expanded domain. By iterating such expansions, a powerful account of dynamic abstraction is developed. The result is a distinctive approach to ontology. Abstract objects such as numbers and sets are demystified and allowed to exist alongside more familiar physical objects. And Linnebo also offers a novel approach to set theory which takes seriously the idea that sets are "formed" successively.

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  • Verlag: Oxford University Press
  • Seitenzahl: 288
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24. Mai 2018
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780192558770
  • Artikelnr.: 54582336
Autorenporträt
Øystein Linnebo took up a Professorship at the University of Oslo in 2012, having previously been a Professor at Birkbeck, University of London, and held positions at Bristol and Oxford. He obtained his PhD in Philosophy from Harvard in 2002 and an MA in Mathematics from Oslo in 1995. His main research interests lie in philosophical logic, philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, early analytic philosophy (especially Frege), as well as parts of philosophy of language and philosophy of science. He has published more than fifty articles and is the author of Philosophy of Mathematics (Princeton University Press 2017).