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Dissolving Yablo's hostage crisis: in defence of defiance

Dissolving Yablo's hostage crisis: in defence of defiance
Dissolving Yablo's hostage crisis: in defence of defiance
Yablo suggests a ‘hostage crisis’ occurs when an unproblematic statement ϕ entails, and is therefore hostage to, a problematic statement ψ. Yablo proposes a technical solution to this kind of problem by diminishing ϕ to ϕ*, where ϕ* does not entail ψ and thus is not hostage to it. I argue that Yablo's proposal is unnecessary because the original, undiminished ϕ does not in fact entail ψ. This is what Yablo calls a ‘defiant’ position. I defend defiance by arguing that ϕ and ψ are of different metaphysical weights, which I show through an analysis of their use of quantification.
2474-0519
184-188
Finn, Suki
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Finn, Suki
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Finn, Suki (2017) Dissolving Yablo's hostage crisis: in defence of defiance. Australasian Philosophical Review, 1 (2), 184-188. (doi:10.1080/24740500.2017.1346414).

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Yablo suggests a ‘hostage crisis’ occurs when an unproblematic statement ϕ entails, and is therefore hostage to, a problematic statement ψ. Yablo proposes a technical solution to this kind of problem by diminishing ϕ to ϕ*, where ϕ* does not entail ψ and thus is not hostage to it. I argue that Yablo's proposal is unnecessary because the original, undiminished ϕ does not in fact entail ψ. This is what Yablo calls a ‘defiant’ position. I defend defiance by arguing that ϕ and ψ are of different metaphysical weights, which I show through an analysis of their use of quantification.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 20 September 2017
Published date: September 2017
Organisations: Philosophy

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Local EPrints ID: 404053
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/404053
ISSN: 2474-0519
PURE UUID: 61ab55ca-921a-43b1-90b5-0032e7ab0df6

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Date deposited: 20 Dec 2016 09:59
Last modified: 11 Dec 2021 12:47

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Author: Suki Finn

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