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Re: [ontolog-forum] standard ontology

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From: Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 17:55:16 -0600
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On Feb 10, 2009, at 2:44 PM, Pat Hayes wrote:
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> Quine was a strict nominalist.    (01)

Not that it matters to your main point here, but it sort of depends on  
what you mean by a nominalist.  If you mean someone who rejects the  
existence of classic intensional universals like Wisdom and Redness,  
then yes, Quine was a nominalist.  If, however, you mean someone who  
rejects the existence of all abstract entities across the board, then  
Quine was no nominalist, as he argued that quantification over  
mathematical objects (specifically, sets) is indispensable to science.    (02)

-chris    (03)

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