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Criticism of Benacerraf's criticism of modern eleatics

Leon, Antonio (2008) Criticism of Benacerraf's criticism of modern eleatics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

I analyze here Benacerraf's criticism of Thomson arguments on the impossibility of w-supertasks. Although Benacerraf's criticism is well founded, his analysis of Thomson's lamp is incomplete. In fact, it is possible to consider a new line of argument, which Benacerraf only incidentally considered, based on the functioning laws of the lamp. This argument leads to a contradictory result that compromises the formal consistency of the w-ordering involved in all w-supertasks.


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Leon, Antonio
Keywords: Supertask, Thomson lamp, w-order, axiom of infinity
Subjects: General Issues > Thought Experiments
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
Depositing User: Antonio Leon
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3995
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3995

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