Criticism of Benacerraf's criticism of modern eleatics

Publication Year:
2008
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3995
Author(s):
Leon, Antonio
preprint description
I analyze here Benacerraf's criticism of Thomson arguments on the impossibility of w-supertasks. Although Benacerraf's criticism is well founded, his analysis of Thomson's lamp is incomplete. In fact, it is possible to consider a new line of argument, which Benacerraf only incidentally considered, based on the functioning laws of the lamp. This argument leads to a contradictory result that compromises the formal consistency of the w-ordering involved in all w-supertasks.