Quine on Ontological Commitment in Light of Predicate-Functor Logic

Collins, John (2020) Quine on Ontological Commitment in Light of Predicate-Functor Logic. In: Quine, Structure, and Ontology. Oxford University Press, pp. 56-81. ISBN 9780198864288

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Abstract

Quine is renowned for offering a criterion of ontological commitment in terms of the values of bound variables. Simultaneously, however, Quine had a long-standing interest in formal systems that dispense with variables and quantifiers that permit variables to be explained away. The chapter seeks to resolve this often-neglected tension in a way that is sensitive to Quine’s allegiance to first-order logic, but is somewhat relaxed about the connection between semantics (/truth) and ontology.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: first-order logic,ontological commitment,ontological nihilism,predicate-functor logic,translation,mathematics(all),arts and humanities(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2600
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 00:34
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 23:53
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/78240
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198864288.003.0004

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