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Deflating Existential Consequence
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Deflating Existential Consequence: A Case for Nominalism

Jody Azzouni

Abstract

What in our theoretical pronouncements commits us to objects? The Quinean standard for ontological commitment involves (nearly enough) commitments when we utter “there is” or “there are” statements without hope of eliminating these by paraphrase. Coupled with the indispensability of the truth of applied mathematical doctrine, the result is that the ontologically hard-nosed scientist is a Platonist—haplessly commited to abstracta. In this book Azzouni offers a way around the Quinean straitjacket: ontological commitment turns on how theories are (nearly enough) nailed to the world. The specifics ... More

Keywords: application of mathematics, criterion for what exists, existence, indispensability, ontological commitment, ontological independence, physics, Platonism, Quine, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195159882
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195159888.001.0001

Authors

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Jody Azzouni, author
Tufts University
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