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Semantic ascent, philosophy: semantic ascent is an expression by W.V.O. Quine (Quine, From a logical point of view, Harvard, 1953). The semantic ascent is no longer about objects, but about the use of expressions for these objects and of expressions for properties which we ascribe to these objects. In this way, the question as to which objects an ontology is fixed on is only indirectly addressed. See also mention, use, meaning, reference, semantic descent, ontology, non-existence, predication.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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VI 114/15
Semantic ascent/Science/Quine: E.g. relativity theory: overturned conceptions, but evaluation only based on the old conceptions - petitio principii. - Solution: Semantic ascent: comparison of symbol structures: then select greater simplicity - ((s) distinction between conception and meaning) - ((s) purely behaviorist).
VII 15 ~
Semantic ascent/Quine: thus the dispute about what exists is translated into one about words - but that does not mean that existence depends on words.
X 31f
Semantic ascent/Quine: solution for generalization where letters replace names of things and at the same time whole sentences. - Wrong: p or not p for all things in such a way that sentences are names for them. - Ascent: only through sentences: correct: every sentence of the form p or not p is true. Generalization: two kinds: a) if names change: from Hans is Hans and from Fritz is Fritz, etc. Every thing is itself: no problem, no semantic ascent necessary. - b) generalization of Hans is mortal or Hans is not mortal: semantic ascent. - ((s) Also because of the logical constant).
X 32
Truth predicate/Semantic ascent/Quine/(s): truth predicate quasi reverses semantic ascent, because it ensures that one does not have to talk about language (in semantic ascent) - Quine: it reminds in the ascent that we are targeting the world - by calling the sentence true we call the snow white. - truth predicate: reverses the quotation marks. - Sentence: simply utter it in order to assert it. - Then no quotation marks and no truth predicate. - truth predicate: necessary for generalization about an infinite number of sentences: E.g. all sentences of the form p or not p are true.
Truth predicate: reinstates reference to the object that was eliminated by the semantic ascent.
X 35
Semantic ascent/Quine: this mention of sentences is only a technical necessity that arises when we want to generalize in a dimension which cannot be grasped by a variable.
X 88
Semantic ascent/generalization/Quine: without semantic ascent: if direct quantification possible in object language: E.g. (x)(x =). - (Only if identity predicate = is considered to be a logical particle and not part of the lexicon (normal predicate) - Semantic ascent: If identity is a true predicate, then only indirect generalization possible, through language, not objects.

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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