[FOM] Paradoxes: The epistemological aspect

Sam Sanders sasander at cage.ugent.be
Wed Apr 3 04:22:46 EDT 2013

Dear Isaac,

Regarding your recent post, there is a paper by Weber and Colyvan (A topological sorites paradox) 
which unifies all the sorites paradoxes into one "topological sorites paradox" (TSP).  Their claim
is that any sorites phenomenon is thus essentially topological.   Weber and Zach also claim that TSP is 
e.g. relevant for/occurs in applied sciences.  

Their idea is nice, but TSP entails relatively strong axioms (at least \Pi_1^1-CA_0), and thus has little
or nothing to do with physical reality or applied sciences, in my opinion.  One could make a similar
claim for the original sorites paradox, but such claims would be controversial.     



On Mar 27, 2013, at 2:02 AM, "Isaac Malitz" <imalitz at rdic.com> wrote:

> I'm looking for one or two people to talk with or correspond with briefly regarding the following topic:
> "The classic paradoxes in FOM (probably all paradoxes for that matter) include epistemological issues: Conflicting beliefs, implausibilities, absurdities, violation of common sense, and so on. Can these epistemological issues be classified and studied systematically? If so, what light might be shed on the technical aspects of FOM paradoxes?"
> I've explored this topic on my own. At this point, it would be helpful for me to interact with other people to get some ideas developed further.
> If you have any interest, please contact me privately at the email below.
> Isaac Malitz, Ph.D.
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