A Philosopher's Dozen
Selections from the writings of Stephen Yablo
What sorts of things exist?
—excerpt from "Myth of the Seven"
MATHEMATICS HAS BEEN CALLED THE ONE AREA of inquiry that would
I said that it might be heard as an argument for platonism, that
Asking the Oracle
Finally, after years of waiting, it is your turn to put a question to the Oracle of Philosophy...you humbly approach and ask the question that has been consuming you for as long as you can remember: 'Tell me, O Oracle, what there is. What sorts of things exist?' To this the Oracle responds: 'What? You
Trembling at the implications, you return to civilization to spread
They, of course, tell you to bug off and am-scray. (Which,
Photograph by Jon Sachs