A Semantic Solution to the Problem of Coincident Objects

A Semantic Solution to the Problem of Coincident Objects
Date
8 October 2019, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
Room 234, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Description

Speaker: Mark Balaguer, California State University 

Title: A Semantic Solution to the Problem of Coincident Objects 

Abstract: In this paper, I develop a novel solution to the problem of coincident objects (i.e., the problem of the statue and the lump of clay).  The solution I develop is a semantic solution because it solves the problem by means of a semantic theory—and, importantly, it does this without committing to any controversial metaphysical hypotheses.  In particular, I articulate a semantic theory that enables us to avoid committing to the existence of coincident objects (i.e., to what might be called statue-lump dualism) and that does this without committing to any other controversial metaphysical theses, e.g., 4-dimensionalism, compositional nihilism, a non-standard theory of identity, or whatever. 

This seminar is in collaboration with the London Mind Group 









The Centre for Logic and Language hosts a regular seminar series - the Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics Forum (LEM). The forum generally meets fortnightly in term time.

Contact

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