[SydPhil] Notification: Elay Shech @ Thu 3 Aug 2017 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Elay Shech
  Infinitesimal idealization, Easy Road Realism, and Fractional Quantum  

It has been recently debated whether there exists a so-called easy road to  
nominalism. In this talk, I attempt to fill a lacuna in the debate by  
making a connection with the literature on
infinite and infinitesimal idealization in science through an example from  
mathematical physics
that has been largely ignored by philosophers. Specifically, by appealing  
to John Norton͛s
distinction between idealization and approximation, I argue that the  
phenomena of fractional
quantum statistics bears negatively on Mary Leng͛s proposed path to easy  
road nominalism,
thereby partially defending Mark Colyvan͛s claim that there is no easy road  
to nominalism.
When: Thu 3 Aug 2017 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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