The Construction of Logical Space

2014.06.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Agustín Rayo’s central thesis is “Trivialist Platonism”, the claim that that all sentences of the following
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2014.06.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Agustín Rayo’s central thesis is “Trivialist Platonism”, the claim that that all sentences of the following form are true: NUMBERS: For the number of the Fs to be n just is for there to be exactly n Fs. But Rayo’s defence of Trivialist Platonism is intended to have much broader application, extending for example to claims like these (p.3): (1)  For Susan to instantiate the property of running just is for Susan to run. (2)  For Socrates’s death to take place just is for Socrates to die. (3)  For there to be a table just is for there to be some things arranged tablewise. In Rayo’s hands, claims like these serve as the centrepieces of an ambitious attempt to revive something of the spirit of Carnapian anti-metaphysics.His book provides a timely and provocative counterblast to the increasing prominence in the metaphysics literature of... Read More

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