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[catalogued under 5. Theory of Logic / I. Semantics of Logic / 5. Extensionalism]

Full Idea

A Humean conception of reality lies behind, and motivates, the development of extensional logics with extensional semantics.

Gist of Idea

Humean conceptions of reality drive the adoption of extensional logic


Brian Ellis (Scientific Essentialism [2001], 8.04)

Book Reference

Ellis,Brian: 'Scientific Essentialism' [CUP 2007], p.269

A Reaction

His proposal seems to be that it rests on the vision of a domain of separated objects. The alternative view seems to be that it is mathematics, with its absolute equality between 'objects', which drives extensionalism.