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Carving at the Joints

A.W. Moore: The Book of the World, 30 August 2012

Writing the Book of the World 
by Theodore Sider.
Oxford, 318 pp., £30, November 2011, 978 0 19 969790 8
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... The world, according to Ted Sider, has a basic structure. An optimal description of the world must capture this structure. It must also consist of truths. But these are two distinct requirements. We can produce more and more truths about the world and still not come any closer to capturing its structure. To do the latter we need to produce not just truths, but truths of the right sort ...

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