Grazer Philosophische Studien 82 (1):353-373 (2011)

Robert Schwartzkopff
Universität Hamburg
Adherents of Ockham’s fundamental razor contend that considerations of ontological parsimony pertain primarily to fundamental objects. Derivative objects, on the other hand, are thought to be quite unobjectionable. One way to understand the fundamental vs. derivative distinction is in terms of the Aristotelian distinction between ontologically independent and dependent objects. In this paper I will defend the thesis that every natural number greater than 0 is an ontologically dependent object thereby exempting the natural numbers from Ockham’s fundamental razor.
Keywords Neo-Fregeanism  Ockham's Razor  Numbers  Ontological Dependence
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DOI 10.1163/9789401200592_015
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