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Are Fregian abstract objects Kantian noumena?

Kant defines noumena like this: if, however, I suppose that there be things that are merely objects of the understanding and that, nevertheless, can be given to an intuition, although not to sensible ...
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Have any abstractionists discussed the possibility of multiple abstraction principles?

An abstractionist is someone who claims that some version of Frege's abstraction principle accounts for or justifies talk of abstract objects. The abstraction principle says that an equation of the ...
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Can Panpsychism be reconsidered through computer science? [closed]

This is a topic that dates at least as far as Descartes. It may be new in natural science. The term may be a neologism, but not the concept. Let's assume that everything from the subatomic particle ...
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How does the claim that existence is not a predicate of objects interact with abstract objects?

It's occured to me that Kant's famous argument that "existence" is not a predicate whatsoever, which eventually became the prevailing position on the subject due to Frege and Russell, seems ...
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Does the encoding/exemplifying distinction affect the question of willing evil-for-the-sake-of-evil-in-general?

I tend to gravitate towards thinking that willing evil for its own sake "as such," is impossible for reasons of the nature of practical reasoning/intellection. I can accept that there is ...
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What's the difference between noneism and abstractionism?

I know what noneists and abstractionists say the difference is, I just don't grasp the difference. Noneism and abstractionism are two approaches to objects like numbers, fictional character, ...
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Why do numbers apply to such disparate concepts?

I understand numbers to be defined as objects defined to have certain convenient properties in relation to certain operations. It is very surprising that the exact same group objects should be ...
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