Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Ontological relativity: One cannot be certain that others structure the world ontologically (divide into objects) as we do, since this cannot be determined empirically. (See H. Lauener Quine, 1982, p. 153). According to Quine, however, the problem is only interesting for infinite domains, since one could specify the objects in the form of lists for finite domains. (See W.V.O. Quine, “Ontologische Relativität”, 2003, p. 78).

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XII 66
Ostension/Ontological Relativity/Inscrutability/Quine: we cannot point to an absolute location or speed - as little as to a rabbit or a part ((s)> Gavagai).
XII 69
Ontological Relativity/Quine: the real problem is not a regress in ever wider framework theories, but the circularity of predicates e.g. "an F is a G" then this requires another predicate for the explanation of "G".
XII 70
Frame theory: it is useless to question its terms - for that we need more terms.
XII 71
Ontological Relation: double: 1st depending on the context - 2nd on translation.
XII 78
Ontological Relativity/Quine: is trivial in a finite area, because the quantification can be replaced by conjunction or disjunction - i.e. the variables are eliminated - then no question of the objects - the same goes for endless theories as long as each object has a name.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

W.V.O. Quine
Wort und Gegenstand Stuttgart 1980

W.V.O. Quine
Theorien und Dinge Frankfurt 1985

W.V.O. Quine
Grundzüge der Logik Frankfurt 1978

W.V.O. Quine
Mengenlehre und ihre Logik Wiesbaden 1967

W.V.O. Quine
Die Wurzeln der Referenz Frankfurt 1989

W.V.O. Quine
Unterwegs zur Wahrheit Paderborn 1995

W.V.O. Quine
From a logical point of view Cambridge, Mass. 1953

W.V.O. Quine
Bezeichnung und Referenz
Zur Philosophie der idealen Sprache, J. Sinnreich (Hg), München 1982

W.V.O. Quine
Philosophie der Logik Bamberg 2005

W.V.O. Quine
Ontologische Relativität Frankfurt 2003

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