THE METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF ABSTRACTION

Crispin Wright

Abstract


The paper explores, in the light of recent discussions by Sider, Eklund, Hawley, Cameron and others, what if any ‘metaontology’ is helpful to, or demanded by, the epistemological and ontological role of abstraction principles when they are applied to the foundational purposes of 'neo-Fregeanism' in the philosophy of mathematics.

Keywords


20th century philosophy; metaphysics; philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; abstraction; epistemology; formal language; logic; ontology

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