On "On what there is"

Author: Azzouni, Jody

Source: Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 79, Number 1, March 1998 , pp. 1-18(18)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

All sides in the recent debates over the Quine-Putnam Indispensability thesis presuppose Quine's criterion for determining what a discourse is ontologically committed to. I subject the criterion to scrutiny, especially in regard to the available competitor-criteria, asking what means of evaluation there are for comparing alternative criteria against each other. Finding none, the paper concludes that ontological questions, in a certain sense, are philosophically indeterminate.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0114.00047

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Tufts University, USA

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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