Single Idea 8959

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 12. Denial of Properties]

Full Idea

Field regards the eliminability of apparent reference to properties from the language of science as a foregone result.

Gist of Idea

Field presumes properties can be eliminated from science


report of Hartry Field (Science without Numbers [1980]) by Zoltán Gendler Szabó - Nominalism 5.1 n50

Book Reference

'The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics', ed/tr. Loux,M /Zimmerman,D [OUP 2005], p.36

A Reaction

Field is a nominalist who also denies the existence of mathematics as part of science. He has a taste for ontological 'desert landscapes'. I have no idea what a property really is, so I think he is on to something.