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Art and Abstract Objects$
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Christy Mag Uidhir

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691494

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.001.0001

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Must Ontological Pragmatism be Self-Defeating?

Must Ontological Pragmatism be Self-Defeating?

(p.29) 1 Must Ontological Pragmatism be Self-Defeating?
Art and Abstract Objects

Guy Rohrbaugh

Oxford University Press

The correct methodology for the ontology of art, it is now widely agreed, is fundamentally pragmatic and governed by reflection on our actual practices. But reflection on this convergence has led to new forms of scepticism: that it leads to eliminativism, fictionalism, or other deflationary positions, that the answers it supplies cannot support the sort of aesthetic explanations we demand. This chapter distinguishes two understandings of the pragmatist project and argues that that we need not give in to these pressures because, properly understood, pragmatism can yield answers of the sort we were looking for.

Keywords:   ontology, pragmatism, methodology, fictionalism, eliminativism, explanation, species, logical form, practice

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