FOM: Re: Arbitrary objects
charles silver
silver_1 at mindspring.com
Wed Jan 30 16:47:37 EST 2002
> The problem with "arbitrary object" probably has more to do with "object"
> than with "arbitrary".
>
> Consider:
>
> How many logicians are in the room?
> How many electrons are in the room?
> How many objects are in the room?
>
> The first two have definite objective answers (though they may be
> impossible to determine), but the third doesn't have a definite answer.
>
> Moral: There is no such thing as a THING (object, entity) pure and simple;
> there are only KINDS OF THINGS.
Even though the question pertains to arbitrary objects, the specific use
of it is in cases like this: arbitrary number, arbitrary integer, arbitrary
real, etc. So, the question is really about arbitrary F's.
Charlie
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