Notes

  • 1. We really ought to distinguish between what’s buildable and what you can build, since the latter is relativized to your abilities in a way that the former isn’t. But sometimes we don’t do what we really ought to do.
  • 2. See, for example, what one of LEGO’s Event Managers said here: http://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2014/april/btc-china (accessed March 7, 2017).
  • 3. See, for example, http://catalogs.lego.com/Club/uk/2015/GB2015yell owbrick1/?Page=11 (accessed March 7, 2017).
  • 4. LEGO has made a two-headed minifigure—the Ninjago® Fangtom minifig—though it has snakes rather than two standard heads.
  • 5. At any rate, so many have thought. Of course, we could have used the word “five” to refer to the number four, in which case “two and two is five” would have expressed a truth—namely, that two and two is four.
  • 6. I’m assuming that the giraffe wasn’t made with some of the resources that LEGO professionals employ—e.g., special glue or a custom-built internal metal frame, both of which are used to stabilize models in stores and places like LEGOLAND®. Plainly, using such resources changes what you can build, and it would be massively harder—if not impossible—to build comparable structures without them. Thanks to Roy Cook for pointing this out to me.
  • 7. Christina Stephens shows how at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= W8fdXNN0irI (accessed March 7, 2017). But this just invites the next question: can you build one that will last for more than a few minutes of normal use?
  • 8. See http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20578627 (accessed March 7, 2017).
  • 9. For details about the non-LEGO version of the view, have a look at my “A Theory-based Epistemology of Modality,” The Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46 (2016): 228-47, or Modal Justification via Theories (Cham: Springer, 2017).
  • 10. This is one reason why someone might object to the highly specialized pieces that have been produced in recent years. Thanks to Sondra Bacharach for this observation.
 
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