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By John Stuart Mill

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ISBN-13: 9780802023292

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Mill complains of Hamilton that he will not settle for one or other of these positions, but seems to swing between agreeing with Berkeley that we simply cannot form ideas of, for example, a triangle which is neither isosceles nor scalene nor equilateral--in which case he would be a nominalist--and a manner of talking about "Abstract General Notions" which is only consistent with conceptualism. Mill himself settles for nominalism, by explaining that we may have abstractions without having any abstract ideas.

There is no attempt to explore further what could lead us to recognize an experience as, say, the experience of reaching the end of time or the end of space. " Mill does not extend the notion of "meaninglessness" beyond its most literal applications. He thinks that it is impossible to conceive what is meant by a literally meaningless utterance, or one to which we can attach no meaning, but that this is not a philosophically interesting sort of inconceivability: If any one says to me, Humpty Dumpty is an Abracadabra, I neither knowing what is meant by an Abracadabra, nor what is meant by Humpty Dumpty, I may, ifI have confidence in my informant, believe that he means something, and that the something which he means is probably true: but I do not believe the very thing which he means, since I am entirely ignorant what it is.

But it is on the face of it odd to begin arguing about the belief in an external world without raising any question about what external can mean unless "external to me," and how it can mean that, unless we are spatially located from the beginning--and how, if we are so located, it can make any sense to begin to construct a world whose existence we seem to have to assume in order to talk about the constructive task in the first place. Mill can, of course, retort that he is not talking about spatial externality yet.

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