Science and Ontology

The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 12:143-147 (2007)
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Abstract

Many philosophers (such as, for instance, Nancy Cartwright, Brian Ellis, and Hartry Field) regard scientific practice as the final arbiter in ontology. In this short paper, I argue that the very philosophers who profess to derive their ontological commitments from scientific practice impose certain views on the theories established by that practice that the practice itself does not support. This is not consistent with their view that science tells us what there is

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Yvonne Raley
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