Abstract Entities (New Problems of Philosophy) by Sam Cowling

By Sam Cowling

Think of a host, any quantity, or houses like fragility and humanity. those and different summary entities are substantially diversified from concrete entities like electrons and elbows. whereas concrete entities can be found in house and time, have reasons and results, and are identified via empirical potential, summary entities like meanings and probabilities are remarkably various. they appear to be immutable and imperceptible and to exist "outside" of area and time.



This e-book offers a accomplished serious evaluation of the issues raised by way of summary entities and the debates approximately life, fact, and information that encompass them. It units out the foremost matters 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 most important arguments and concerns informing the modern debate over summary reality:





  • arguments for platonism and their connections to semantics, technology, 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 issues approximately paradox, parsimony, endless regresses, underdetermination, and causal isolation

  • nominalist suggestions that search to dispense with summary entities.



Including bankruptcy summaries, annotated additional examining, and a word list, Abstract Entities is vital interpreting for a person looking a transparent and authoritative advent to the issues raised via summary entities.

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