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The Fragmentation of Being

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2019.03.36 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kris McDaniel, The Fragmentation of Being, Oxford University Press, 2017, 320pp., $67.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198719656. Reviewed by Nicholas Stang, University of Toronto Once upon a time, undergraduates were taught that the heroic efforts of Frege, Russell, and Quine had beaten back a formerly powerful superstition, the mysterious and obscure doctrine that there are different modes of existence. Existence, they were patiently told, is expressed through the existential quantifier; to exist is to be the value of a variable bound by that quantifier. The undergraduates were not completely convinced by this, and they reported to their instructors that, nonetheless, it seemed intuitive to them that the existence of an abstract object like a number is just a categorically different matter than the existence of a concrete object like a table or a chair (they were upper-level students so they knew how much their... Read More

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