On Quine's Ontology: quantification, extensionality and naturalism (or from commitment to indifference)

Proceedings of Ther 3rd Filomena Workshop (2019)

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Daniel Durante
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Abstract
Much of the ontology made in the analytic tradition of philosophy nowadays is founded on some of Quine’s proposals. His naturalism and the binding between existence and quantification are respectively two of his very influential metaphilosophical and methodological theses. Nevertheless, many of his specific claims are quite controversial and contemporaneously have few followers. Some of them are: (a) his rejection of higher-order logic; (b) his resistance in accepting the intensionality of ontological commitments; (c) his rejection of first-order modal logic; and (d) his rejection of the distinction between analytic and synthetic statements. I intend to argue that these controversial negative claims are just interconnected consequences of those much more accepted and apparently less harmful metaphilosophical and methodological theses, and that the glue linking all these consequences to its causes is the notion of extensionality.
Keywords ontology  quantification  extensionality  naturalism  logic  metaontology
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