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Steps toward a Computational Metaphysics

Branden Fitelson and Edward N. Zalta
Journal of Philosophical Logic
Vol. 36, No. 2 (Apr., 2007), pp. 227-247
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30226964
Page Count: 21
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Steps toward a Computational Metaphysics
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Abstract

In this paper, the authors describe their initial investigations in computational metaphysics. Our method is to implement axiomatic metaphysics in an automated reasoning system. In this paper, we describe what we have discovered when the theory of abstract objects is implemented in PROVER9 (a first-order automated reasoning system which is the successor to OTTER). After reviewing the second-order, axiomatic theory of abstract objects, we show (1) how to represent a fragment of that theory in PROVER9's first-order syntax, and (2) how PROVER9 then finds proofs of interesting theorems of metaphysics, such as that every possible world is maximal. We conclude the paper by discussing some issues for further research.

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