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Ideas for 'Matter and Memory', 'Science without Numbers' and 'Must We Believe in Set Theory?st3=George Boolos'

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8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 1. Universals
It is lunacy to think we only see ink-marks, and not word-types [Boolos]
     Full Idea: It's a kind of lunacy to think that sound scientific philosophy demands that we think that we see ink-tracks but not words, i.e. word-types.
     From: George Boolos (Must We Believe in Set Theory? [1997], p.128)
     A reaction: This seems to link him with Armstrong's mockery of 'ostrich nominalism'. There seems to be some ambiguity with the word 'see' in this disagreement. When we look at very ancient scratches on stones, why don't we always 'see' if it is words?