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Ideas of James Cargile, by Text

[American, fl. 1972, At the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.]

1979 Paradoxes: Form and Predication
p.115 p.124 Saying 'they can become a set' is a tautology, because reference to 'they' implies a collection
     Full Idea: If the rule is asserted 'Given any well-determined objects, they can be collected into a set by an application of the 'set of' operation', then on the usual account of 'they' this is a tautology. Collection comes automatically with this form of reference.
     From: James Cargile (Paradoxes: Form and Predication [1979], p.115), quoted by Oliver,A/Smiley,T - What are Sets and What are they For? Intro
     A reaction: Is this a problem? Given they are well-determined (presumably implying countable) there just is a set of them. That's what set theory is, I thought. Of course, the iterative view talks of 'constructing' the sets, but the construction looks unstoppable.