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What is the motivation for the thin theory? You have probably explained this before, in which case could you refer us to that post?

Frank,

Go here: https://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2021/03/platos-beard.html

This is very clear--thank you. I should probably think more about this first, but I will venture another question.

It seems as though the thick theorist can accept some of the thin theorists' analyses, such as the analysis of proper names. In other words (if this amounts to the same thing) it seems as though the thick theorist can also avoid Meinong's jungle, as I assume you think you do.

I wonder if the thin theorist disputes this assertion. Or would he, if pressed, admit that the thin theory is sufficient but not necessary to avoid the jungle? If he would admit it, that suggests that something else is also motivating him.

The other motives you refer to seem to be of a different character. One can see how the desire to refute the ontological argument or avoid metaphysical speculation might have been compelling in the era of the Tractatus, but one doubts that it is so important for some thin theorists of today, e.g., PvI. So I wonder if something else is going.

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