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Existence, Mathematical Nominalism, and Meta-Ontology: An Objection to Azzouni on Criteria for Existence†

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AbstractJody Azzouni argues that whilst it is indeterminate what the criteria for existence are, there is a criterion that has been collectively adopted to use ‘exist’ that we can employ to argue for positions in ontology. I raise and defend a novel objection to Azzouni: his view has the counterintuitive consequence that the facts regarding what exists can and will change when users of the word ‘exist’ change what criteria they associate with its usage. Considering three responses, I argue Azzouni has best reason to take one that ultimately renders unsuccessful his arguments against mathematical abstracta.

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Attempts to justify the humanities are, too often, self-congratulatory fantasy: I read better books, so I’m a better person. Stanley Fish has read the best books. He's not a better person

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Attempts to justify the humanities are, too often, self-congratulatory fantasy: I read better books, so I’m a better person. Stanley Fish has read the best books. He's not a better person

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The Stanford prison experiment enjoys canonical status, evidence of our innate cruelty and inhumanity. Yet the study almost certainly has no scientific validity. Why does it endure?

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The Stanford prison experiment enjoys canonical status, evidence of our innate cruelty and inhumanity. Yet the study almost certainly has no scientific validity. Why does it endure?

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Robert Lorne Victor Hale FRSE May 4, 1945 – December 12, 2017

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AbstractRobert ‘Bob’ Hale died on December 12, 2017, after a long bout with cancer. At the time, he was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Sheffield University. Prior to that he was Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, and earlier Reader at the University of St Andrews and Lecturer at the University of Lancaster. He was a British Academy Research Reader (1997–1999), President of the Aristotelian Society (2002–2003), Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow (2009–2011), and was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000. He served on the editorial board of this journal.Hale’s philosophical work focused on the metaphysics and epistemology of modality, the philosophy of logic, Gottlob Frege, and the abstractionist, neo-logicist foundation for mathematics. His interests were as broad as the work was deep, and we will not be able to cover all of his contributions here. Given the venue within which this essay is appearing, we will focus on his. . .

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Attempts to justify the humanities tend to be a self-congratulatory fantasy: I read better books so I’m a better person. Stanley Fish has read the best books. He's not a better person

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Attempts to justify the humanities tend to be a self-congratulatory fantasy: I read better books so I’m a better person. Stanley Fish has read the best books. He's not a better person

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How did Germans see Nazism? Not as we see it. Habituation, confusion, distraction, self-interest, fear, rationalization, and a sense of personal powerlessness made terrible things possible

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How did Germans see Nazism? Not as we see it. Habituation, confusion, distraction, self-interest, fear, rationalization, and a sense of personal powerlessness made terrible things possible

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