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Why are (some) Platonists so insouciant?

  • William Lane Craig (a1)

Some platonists truly agonize over the ontological commitments which their platonism demands of them. Peter van Inwagen, for example, confesses candidly,

I am happy to admit that I am uneasy about believing in the existence of ‘causally irrelevant’ objects. The fact that abstract objects, if they exist, can be neither causes or [sic] effects is one of the many features of abstract objects that make nominalism so attractive. I should very much like to be a nominalist, but I don't see how to be one …

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Paul Horwich , Meaning (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998)

Achille C. Varzi , ‘Words and Objects’, in Bottani, Carrara, Giaretto (eds.) Individuals, Essence, and Identity, Topoi Library 4 [Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002], 4975

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