Single Idea 18861

[catalogued under 2. Reason / D. Definition / 12. Paraphrase]

Full Idea

One strategy is whenever we are presented with a sentence that might appear to entail the existence of numbers, all that we have to do is paraphrase it using a quantified logic, plus identity.

Gist of Idea

Maybe number statements can be paraphrased into quantifications plus identities


Jonathan Tallant (Metaphysics: an introduction [2011], 03.5)

Book Reference

Tallant,Jonathan: 'Metaphysics - an introduction' [Continuum 2011], p.49

A Reaction

This nominalist strategy seems fine for manageable numbers, but gets in trouble with numbers too big to count (e.g. grains of sand in the world) , or genuine infinities.