The representational fallacy

post by DanielDeRossi · 2014-06-25T11:29:05.763Z · LW · GW · Legacy · None comments

Basically Heather Dyke argues that metaphysicians are too often arguing from representations of reality (eg in language) to reality itself.

 It looks to me like a variant of the mind projection fallacy. This might be the first book length treatment teh fallacy has gotten though.  What do people think?

 

See reviews here

https://www.sendspace.com/file/k5x8sy

https://ndpr.nd.edu/news/23820-metaphysics-and-the-representational-fallacy/

To give bit of background there's a debate between A-theorists and B-theorists in philosophy of time.

A-theorists think time has ontological distinctions between past present and future

B-theorists hold there is no ontological distinction between past present and future.

Dyke argues that a popular argument for A-theory (tensed language represents ontological distinctions) commits the representational fallacy. Bourne agrees , but points out an argument Dyke uses for B-theory commits the same fallacy.

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