Faculty of Social Sciences

Oystein Linnebo: "Abstraction and Grounding"

  • Date: 19 April, 10:15–12:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-1022
  • Organiser: Department of Philosophy
  • Contact person: Matti Eklund
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar in Theoretical Philosophy

Oystein Linnebo, Oslo University: "Abstraction and Grounding"

Abstract
Are there “thin objects” whose existence does not make any substantial demand on the world? In my Thin Objects (OUP 2018) I develop an affirmative answer based on a Fregean form of abstraction. This talk explains two central aspects of the resulting view in terms of the notion of metaphysical grounding. First, every truth about some thin objects is grounded in a truth that does not involve these objects. Second, the notorious bad company problem can be solved by insisting that every truth about the desired abstracta be grounded in a truth that is solely about a prior and independently available ontology.
 

There will be no text to read in advance. Read more about Linnebo’s forthcoming book, and read more about Linnebo’s research in general.