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Husserl and the problem of abstract objects

Duke, George and Woelert, Peter 2016, Husserl and the problem of abstract objects, Pacific philosophical quarterly, vol. 97, no. 1, pp. 27-47, doi: 10.1111/papq.12084.

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Title Husserl and the problem of abstract objects
Author(s) Duke, GeorgeORCID iD for Duke, George
Woelert, Peter
Journal name Pacific philosophical quarterly
Volume number 97
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 47
Total pages 21
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03
ISSN 0279-0750
Summary One major difficulty confronting attempts to clarify the epistemological and ontological status of abstract objects is determining the sense, if any, in which such entities may be characterised as mind and language independent. Our contention is that the tolerant reductionist position of Michael Dummett can be strengthened by drawing on Husserl's mature account of the constitution of ideal objects and mathematical objectivity. According to the Husserlian position we advocate, abstract singular terms pick out weakly mind-independent sedimented meaning-contents. These meaning-contents serve as the 'thin' referents of abstract singular terms, but are ultimately founded in prior acts of meaning-constitution.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/papq.12084
Field of Research 220309 Metaphysics
220310 Phenomenology
2203 Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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