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In Conversation. W.V. Quine

Philosophy International, Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics (1994)

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  1. Quine's Ideological Debacle.Lieven Decock - 2004 - Principia: An International Journal of Epistemology 8 (1):85-102.
    In two papers in the mid-seventies, Quine has discussed an ontological deba-cle, the reduction of ontology to an ontology of pure sets only. This debacle, which weakened Quine’s interest in ontology, is the natural outcome of on-tological relativity, or, more precisely, the proxy-function argument. It is ex-plained how Quine unavoidably came to this conclusion. Moreover, it is ar-gued that the result is even more damaging for Quine’s philosophy than has hitherto been assumed. It is shown that in addition to an (...)
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