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Ontology after Carnap$
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Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.001.0001

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Carnap’s Big Idea

Carnap’s Big Idea

1 Carnap’s Big Idea
Ontology after Carnap

Thomas Hofweber

Oxford University Press

Carnap had a great insight about ontology, his Big Idea. But he was mistaken about why the Big Idea is correct, and about what follows from it. Nonetheless, the Big Idea is correct, and significant things follow from it for metaphysics and ontology. This chapter focuses on Carnap’s Big Idea. It hopes to work out why on Carnap’s own account his Big Idea should be seen as being false, why it is true nonetheless, and what follows from it.

Keywords:   Carnap, ontology, quantification, metaphysics, semantics

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