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Article: How to express ontological commitment in the vernacular

TitleHow to express ontological commitment in the vernacular
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Issue Date2010
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Philosophia Mathematica, 2010, v. 18, n. 3, p. 293-310 How to Cite?
AbstractAccording to the familiar Quinean understanding of ontological commitment, (1) one undertakes ontological commitments only via theoretical regimentations, and (2) ontological commitments are to be identified with the domain of a theory's quantifiers. Jody Azzouni accepts (1), but rejects (2). Azzouni accepts (1) because he believes that no vernacular expression carries ontological commitments. He rejects (2) by locating a theory's commitments with the extension of an existence predicate. I argue that Azzouni's two theses undermine each other. If ontological commitments follow from predications of existence, then ontological commitments can be expressed in the vernacular via negative existential sentences. © The Author [2010]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
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dc.contributor.authorAsay, Jamin-
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-22T02:57:47Z-
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dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationPhilosophia Mathematica, 2010, v. 18, n. 3, p. 293-310-
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/202194-
dc.description.abstractAccording to the familiar Quinean understanding of ontological commitment, (1) one undertakes ontological commitments only via theoretical regimentations, and (2) ontological commitments are to be identified with the domain of a theory's quantifiers. Jody Azzouni accepts (1), but rejects (2). Azzouni accepts (1) because he believes that no vernacular expression carries ontological commitments. He rejects (2) by locating a theory's commitments with the extension of an existence predicate. I argue that Azzouni's two theses undermine each other. If ontological commitments follow from predications of existence, then ontological commitments can be expressed in the vernacular via negative existential sentences. © The Author [2010]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.-
dc.languageeng-
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dc.titleHow to express ontological commitment in the vernacular-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/philmat/nkq005-
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