Extensionalism and Scientific Theory in Quine's Philosophy

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In this article, I analyze Quine?s conception of science, which is a radical defence of extensionalism on the grounds that first?order logic is the most adequate logic for science. I examine some criticisms addressed to it, which show the role of modalities and probabilities in science and argue that Quine?s treatment of probability minimizes the intensional character of scientific language and methods by considering that probability is extensionalizable. But this extensionalizing leads to untenable results in some cases and is not consistent with the fact that Quine himself admits confirmation which includes probability. Quine?s extensionalism does not account for this fact and then seems unrealistic, even if science ought to be extensional in so far as it is descriptive and mathematically expressible
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DOI 10.1080/02698595.2011.552415
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Ontological Relativity and Other Essays.W. V. Quine - 1969 - Columbia University Press.
Word and Object.W. V. Quine - 1960 - MIT Press.
From a Logical Point of View.W. V. Quine - 1953 - Harvard University Press.
The Ways of Paradox, and Other Essays.W. V. Quine - 1966 - Harvard University Press.
Theories and Things.W. V. Quine (ed.) - 1981 - Harvard University Press.

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