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Ontological Commitment Revisited

Author: Margit GaffalManuel García-CarpinteroArthur GibsonAntónio MarquesJulian Nida-RümelinAll authors
Publisher: Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2021]
Series: Aporia, 13; Aporia (Berlin, Germany), 13.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ontological commitment implies that each theory is supposed to specify the type of entities that form its components. Representatives of a theory share an ontological commitment in relation to the objects they refer to. There are theories that admit the existence of universals while others do not. As there are different ways of speaking about universals it is necessary to decide what a universal term corresponds to.  Read more...
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Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margit Gaffal; Manuel García-Carpintero; Arthur Gibson; António Marques; Julian Nida-Rümelin; Jesús Padilla Gálvez; Peter Simons; Jonathan Smith
ISBN: 311075004X 9783110750041
OCLC Number: 1266228633
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (V, 159 p.).
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Ontological Commitment: An Introduction --
Meinong's Objectives --
Metaphysical Aspects of Agency --
Representation as Ontological Problem --
Ontological Commitment and State of Affairs --
"I know" Language-games in Wittgenstein's Late Philosophy --
Against Propositional Substantivism --
Wittgenstein's Nachlass, a Case for Practical Ontology? --
Paradox in Ontology: Black Holes, Cosmology, Wittgenstein versus Stephen Hawking's Claim that Philosophy is Dead --
List of Contributors --
Index of Names --
Subject Index
Series Title: Aporia, 13; Aporia (Berlin, Germany), 13.
Responsibility: edited by Jesús Padilla Gálvez.

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Ontological commitment implies that each theory is supposed to specify the type of entities that form its components. Representatives of a theory share an ontological commitment in relation to the objects they refer to. There are theories that admit the existence of universals while others do not. As there are different ways of speaking about universals it is necessary to decide what a universal term corresponds to. It is essential to have a criterion that enables us to decide which kinds of objects are allowed as references for the terms used. In this volume two different approaches are discussed: first, in cases where only extensional languages are accepted; second, when intensional elements are required to determine the meaning such terms as "Sachverhalt", intentional statements or representations. The ontological commitment associated with extensional theories exclusively admits the existence of physical objects, whereas intensional theses additionally include universal and abstract entities. The study of ontological commitment enables us to measure the ontological economy of theories. This serves as a basis for the choice of theory. The authors of this volume discuss relevant issues of both models and provide new solutions.

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There are philosophical issues that deal with what is known as ontology. Onto?logical topics include questions such as whether a thing is real or whether exis?tence can be ascribed to things. A well-known example is the problem of univer?sals, which arose out of the nominalist-realist controversy...
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