In his comment, Stanislaw Jedrczak thinks that the problems in philosophy of mathematics that I have been talking about in recent posts are due to what he calls “the ambiguity of the existential quantifier”. But ambiguity is a semantical notion, and many – probably a large majority – of philosophers of mathematics deny that “exists” is ambiguous. It is precisely to avoid problematic semantical claims that I say that potentialism is a rational reconstruction of certain uses of “exist”, rather than a meaning analysis.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Response to one more comment
In 1976, when I delivered the John Locke Lectures at Oxford, I often spent time with Peter Strawson, and one day at lunch he made a remark I have never been able to forget. He said, "Surely half the pleasure of life is sardonic comment on the passing show". This blog is devoted to comments, not all of them sardonic, on the passing philosophical show.