Nostalgia for the ordinary: Comments on papers by Unger and Wheeler

Synthese 41 (2):175 - 184 (1979)

Authors
David Sanford
Duke University
Abstract
Unger claims that we can block sorites arguments for the conclusion that there are no ordinary things only by invoking some kind of miracle, but no such miracle is needed if we reject the principle that every statement has a truth value. Wheeler's argument for the nonexistence of ordinary things depends on the assumptions that if ordinary things exist, they comprise real kinds, and that if ordinary predicates really apply to things, the predicates refer to real properties. If we accept Wheeler's criteria for the reality of kinds and properties, we have no good reason to accept these assumptions.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/BF00869570
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 44,253
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

There Are No Ordinary Things.Peter Unger - 1979 - Synthese 41 (2):117 - 154.
On That Which is Not.Samuel C. Wheeler - 1979 - Synthese 41 (2):155 - 173.
Negative Terms.David Sanford - 1967 - Erkenntnis 27 (6):201.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Ordinary Objects.Daniel Z. Korman - 2011 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Vague Numbers.David H. Sanford - 2002 - Acta Analytica 17 (2):63-73.
Sorites.Bertil Rolf - 1984 - Synthese 58 (2):219 - 250.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
63 ( #132,381 of 2,269,770 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #577,244 of 2,269,770 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature