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Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?: Andre Gallois

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Abstract:

I discuss Steve Yablo’s defence of Carnap’s distinction between internal and external questions. In the first section I set out what I take that distinction, as Carnap draws it, to be, and spell out a central motivation Carnap has for invoking it. In the second section I endorse, and augment, Yablo’s response to Quine’s arguments against Carnap. In the third section I say why Carnap’s application of the distinction between internal and external questions runs into trouble. In the fourth section I spell out what I take to be Yablo’s version of Carnap. In the last I say why that version is especially vulnerable to the objection raised in the second.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8349.00045

Affiliations: University of Keele

Publication date: 1998-06-01

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