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The Basic Terms Are Agreed Upon

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Posted by Harvey on January 31, 2002 18:30:21 UTC

Hi Paul,

I don't consider myself an expert. However, there are widespread disagreements even on terms such as platonism. For example, Michael Dummett has used this word to apply toward anyone who is a realist about the existence of abstract objects (e.g., numbers) and he has applied this term to modal realism which is that statements themselves can be 'true' because they are true. Whereas others have limited Platonism (a capital P) to a belief in universals (which is in contrast to nominalists who hold in only particulars exist).

Quite frankly a chart would be helpful. There would just need to be a lot of footnotes on those who disagree and those who are recommending these terms be applicable.

Warm regards, Harv

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