Abstract Entities (New Problems of Philosophy) by Sam Cowling

By Sam Cowling

Think of a bunch, any quantity, or homes like fragility and humanity. those and different summary entities are extensively various from concrete entities like electrons and elbows. whereas concrete entities can be found in house and time, have factors and results, and are identified via empirical ability, summary entities like meanings and percentages are remarkably varied. they appear to be immutable and imperceptible and to exist "outside" of house and time.

This ebook offers a accomplished serious evaluation of the issues raised by way of summary entities and the debates approximately lifestyles, fact, and data that encompass them. It units out the major concerns that tell the metaphysical war of words among platonists who settle for summary entities and nominalists who deny summary entities exist. starting with the necessities of the platonist–nominalist debate, it explores the main arguments and concerns informing the modern debate over summary reality:

  • arguments for platonism and their connections to semantics, technological know-how, and metaphysical explanation

  • the abstract–concrete contrast and perspectives in regards to the nature of summary reality

  • epistemological puzzles surrounding our wisdom of mathematical entities and different summary entities.

  • arguments for nominalism premised upon matters approximately paradox, parsimony, endless regresses, underdetermination, and causal isolation

  • nominalist innovations that search to dispense with summary entities.

Including bankruptcy summaries, annotated additional examining, and a word list, Abstract Entities is key interpreting for an individual looking a transparent and authoritative creation to the issues raised by means of summary entities.

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