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Monday, December 01, 2008


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Hello, Dr. Vallicella.

Off topic. Would you be willing to read (and perhaps comment on) a paper I have written on existence? I have really enjoyed your book on existence and I think we make some similar moves. I would have sent you an email; but I couldn't find your email address anywhere?



I think there's something to this but, as you note, I'm not sure this will be terribly convincing to people since trope theory seems implausible to many people.

I think the more interesting question, which you didn't deal with in your SEP article, is the relation of the persons to the simplicity. While I know it's a category mistake to then think of tropes in that situation one can't help but thinking about the analogy.

We see red houses, red roses, red flags. We do not see redness (and not sure why "tropes" work better than universals). That's not to say a universal Redness does not exist: it does, more than likely, as a chunk of neurons in your corpus callosum, with various associated neurological procedures.


Sorry to take so long to respond. I was abroad for a few days at a conference. I will be happy to take a look at your paper. In a recent e-mail, Tim Bayless recommended you to me.

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