David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 95 (2):219 - 240 (1993)
In the framework of set theory we cannot distinguish between natural and non-natural predicates. To avoid this shortcoming one can use mathematical structures as conceptual spaces such that natural predicates are characterized as structurally nice subsets. In this paper topological and related structures are used for this purpose. We shall discuss several examples taken from conceptual spaces of quantum mechanics (orthoframes), and the geometric logic of refutative and affirmable assertions. In particular we deal with the problem of structurally distinguishing between natural colour predicates and Goodmanian predicates like grue and bleen. Moreover the problem of characterizing natural predicates is reformulated in such a way that its connection with the classical problem of geometric conventionalism becomes manifest. This can be used to shed some new light on Goodman's remarks on the relative entrenchment of predicates as a criterion of projectibility.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Nelson Goodman (1983). Fact, Fiction, and Forecast. Harvard University Press.
Hilary Putnam (1975). Mind, Language, and Reality. Cambridge University Press.
W. V. Quine (1969). Ontological Relativity and Other Essays. Columbia University Press.
W. V. Quine (1962). Theories and Things. [REVIEW] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 13 (51):234-244.
Johnr Mckie (1988). Conventionalism, Realism, and Spacetime Structure. Theoria 54 (2):81-101.
Citations of this work BETA
Thomas Mormann (1995). Incompatible Empirically Equivalent Theories: A Structural Explication. Synthese 103 (2):203 - 249.
Richard Dietz (2013). Comparative Concepts. Synthese 190 (1):139-170.
Similar books and articles
Philip Kremer (2009). Dynamic Topological S5. Annals of Pure and Applied Logic 160 (1):96-116.
Nino Cocchiarella (1992). Conceptual Realism Versus Quine on Classes and Higher-Order Logic. Synthese 90 (3):379 - 436.
Friederike Moltmann (2010). On the Semantics of Existence Predicates. In Ingo Reich (ed.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15, Saarbruecken.
Michael Katz (1982). Real-Valued Models with Metric Equality and Uniformly Continuous Predicates. Journal of Symbolic Logic 47 (4):772-792.
D.\'ecio Krause & Steven French (2007). Quantum Sortal Predicates. Synthese 154 (3):417 - 430.
Décio Krause & Steven French (2007). Quantum Sortal Predicates. Synthese 154 (3):417 - 430.
Rohit Parikh (1996). Vague Predicates and Language Games. Theoria 11 (3):97-107.
Peter Gärdenfors (1990). Induction, Conceptual Spaces and AI. Philosophy of Science 57 (1):78-95.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads40 ( #82,419 of 1,725,427 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #211,008 of 1,725,427 )
How can I increase my downloads?