Coincidence Avoidance and Formulating the Access Problem

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (6):687-701 (2020)
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Abstract

In this article, I discuss a trivialization worry for Hartry Field’s official formulation of the access problem for mathematical realists, which was pointed out by Øystein Linnebo. I argue that various attempted reformulations of the Benacerraf problem fail to block trivialization, but that access worriers can better defend themselves by sticking closer to Hartry Field’s initial informal characterization of the access problem in terms of general epistemic norms of coincidence avoidance.

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Sharon Berry
Indiana University, Bloomington

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