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The Oxford instruction manual of Metaphysics bargains the main authoritative and compelling consultant to this various and fertile box of philosophy. Twenty-four of the world's such a lot wonderful experts offer brand-new essays approximately "what there is": what forms of issues there are, and what family carry between entities falling below quite a few different types. they offer the newest note on such subject matters as identification, modality, time, causation, folks and minds, freedom, and vagueness. The Handbook's unequalled breadth and intensity make it the definitive reference paintings for college students and teachers around the philosophical spectrum.

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Since everyone agrees that plural quantification and mereology together cannot generate abstracta from concreta, the culprit must be the singleton function. And the relationship between an object and its singleton is indeed puzzling. 3 1 Even if we accept unintelligibility as a good prima facie reason to deny existence, we are still far from nominalism in the contemporary sense. Rejecting sets, sentence types, and propositions is not the same as rejecting all abstracta. g. ), and Goodman-style reasons are insufficient for rejecting them.

Still, we would have here an ontological reduction of the concrete to the abstract. NOMINALISM 25 not undergo nominalist paraphrase; they must insist that it should not. Otherwise, the anti-nominalist credo is nominalistically acceptable. Secondly (and this applies to defenders of semantic and pragmatic paraphrases alike), if the anti-nominalist's claim that there are numbers is to be rejected, so is his argument that there must be numbers because there are primes over 100 and primes are numbers.

Furthermore, even if we grant that (2) is an adequate 20 Things are not helped by the fact that Quine, the source of the paraphrase defence, is often rather elusive on what he means by paraphrase. In Quine (1948) he uses all of the following expressions to characterize the relationship between an expression and its paraphrase: 'translate', 'explain', 'rephrase', 'analyse', 'identify', 'interpret', and 'expand'. 21 Burgess and Rosen (1997) call a nominalist strategy that provides semantic paraphrases hermeneutic, and a nominalist strategy that is aimed at pragmatic paraphrases revolutionary.

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