Dissolving Yablo’s Hostage Crisis: In Defence of Defiance

Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (2):184-188 (2017)

Suki Finn
University of Southampton
Yablo suggests a ‘hostage crisis’ occurs when an unproblematic statement ϕ entails, and is therefore hostage to, a problematic statement ψ. Yablo proposes a technical solution to this kind of problem by diminishing ϕ to ϕ*, where ϕ* does not entail ψ and thus is not hostage to it. I argue that Yablo’s proposal is unnecessary because the original, undiminished ϕ does not in fact entail ψ. This is what Yablo calls a ‘defiant’ position. I defend defiance by arguing that ϕ and ψ are of different metaphysical weights, which I show through an analysis of their use of quantification.
Keywords Quantification  Meinongianism  Free Logic
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DOI 10.1080/24740500.2017.1346414
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