The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology

2017.04.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Turner, The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology, Oxford University Press, 2016, 362pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.04.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jason Turner, The Facts in Logical Space: A Tractarian Ontology, Oxford University Press, 2016, 362pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199682812. Reviewed by Paul Hovda, Reed College Facts are somehow prior to objects (and properties and relations). This idea, call it factalism, is one of the many intriguing but underdeveloped ideas in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Jason Turner's book is a careful, detailed, and extensive development of this idea. Turner's factalism is much more developed than Wittgenstein's, but is it any more appealing? Remarkably, Turner himself does not accept any version of factalism, as he confesses in his brief Conclusion. He reminds us that "there is more of interest than just the truth," (p. 332) and suggests that the project was worthwhile for a number of reasons, including that we learn something deep about the "nature of ontological structure" from the proposed reduction of objects (and. . .

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