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Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology. Rudolph Carnap. [In this essay Carnap is concerned with the question of the “reality” of the sorts of what he calls “abstract. Rudolf Carnap’s article “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology” deals with the implications of accepting language which refers to abstract entities. Empiricists. Carnap, “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology”. Major Premise: Accepting the existence abstract entities involves a pragmatic decision to use a certain linguistic.

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Judgments of this kind empiricjsm the motivation for the decision of accepting or rejecting the kind of entities. Or it may be meant in the external sense: If the nominalists are right, Carnap says that they will have to offer better arguments than merely appealing to ontological insight. Hirsch says this arbitrariness over what ‘exists’ is a quandary only due to Putnam’s formulation, and it is resolved by turning things upside down and saying things that exist can have different names.

Empiricism and Ontology in Rudolf Carnap’s Thought. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. Therefore I feel compelled to regard the external question as a pseudo-question, until both parties to the controversy offer a common interpretation of the question as a cognitive question; this would involve an indication of possible evidence regarded as relevant by both sides.

He asks whether they could construct a semantical method which avoids all references to abstract entities and achieves by simpler means the same results as other methods.


This page was last edited on 3 Marchat Let us be cautious in making assertions and carjap in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms. We could choose to not continue using the ordinary thing language, instead using a language of sense-data or “phenomenal” entities, or to construct another language structure entirely – or we could just refrain from empircism The Continuum companion to metaphysics. This question is here neither decided nor even discussed.

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The acceptance of a new kind of entities is represented in the language by the introduction of a framework of new forms of expressions to be used according to a new set of rules. It may be meant as an internal question; then the affirmative answer is, of course, analytic and trivial. In fact, however, all that can accurately be said about atoms or the field is implicitly contained in the physical laws of the theories in question.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Charles Landesman – – New York: One philosopher thinks numbers are real entities and that gives him the right to use the linguistic forms of the numerical framework and to make semantical statements about numbers as designata of numerals. Realists give an affirmative answer, subjective idealists a negative one, and the controversy goes on for centuries without ever being solved.

Copyright by Susan J. The system of numbers.

John Stuart Mill, Frege, and Russell. Therefore the word “number” and numerical variables must not be used unless a way were found to ontolkgy them as merely abbreviating devices, a way of translating them into the nominalistic thing language.


The many faces of realism 2nd ed. My nose is only part of an object, my person. This arbitrariness of language is called conceptual relativity, a matter of conventions. Quoted by Oswaldo Chateaubriand, Quine and Ontology. It is an empirical, factual nature.

Maybe Ryle is historically right with respect to those whom he mentions as previous representatives of the principle, viz.

Let us therefore admit that the nominalistic critics may possibly be right. Carnap introduced the idea of a ‘linguistic framework’ or a ‘form of language’ that uses a precise specification of the definitions of and the relations between entities. Therefore our judgment must be that they have not succeeded in giving to the external question and to the possible answers semanrics cognitive content.

Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology

Their doubts refer rather to the system of entities itself; hence they mean the se,antics question. Let us now summarize the essential characteristics of situations involving the introduction of a new kind of entities, characteristics which are common to the various examples outlined above.

After some more detailed discussions concerning the relation between propositions and facts, and the nature of false propositions, I added: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology.