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Shamik Dasgupta - Colloquium

Fri January 19th 2018, 3:30 - 5:15pm
Building 90, Room 92Q



Title: Realism and the Absence of Value

Abstract: Much recent metaphysics is built around notions such as naturalness, fundamentality, grounding, dependence, essence, and others besides. In this paper I raise a problem for this kind of metaphysics, the “problem of missing value”. I survey a number of possible solutions to the problem and find them all wanting. This suggests a return to a kind of Goodmanian view that the world is a structureless mess onto which we project our own categorizations, not something with categories already built in.
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