|From:||Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>|
|Date:||Thu, 24 May 2012 17:35:40 +0200|
On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM, John Bottoms <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
This could not be more incorrect. Russell develops an elaborate (if ultimately unsuccessful) theory of facts, notably in The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, although facts constituted perhaps the most prominent aspect of his ontology and his writings concerning them constituted a substantial portion of his prolific philosophical output throughout his career.
And on what basis do you argue for the primitive notions in the argument? By this reasoning, "turtles all the way down" is inevitable. The only reasonably persuasive argument for the existence of an entity of a certain kind K is a useful theory of Ks. If the theory is philosophically enlightening or solves problems for you, you've got a good reason to add Ks to your ontology. No one has got any special ontological sixth sense. We argue for the existence of entites in ontology the same way we do in the physical sciences, viz., that they serve a useful explanatory function.
Dunn's semantics — his notion of a fact in particular — is perfectly rigorous and well-defined. I would recommend studying his paper rather than throwing out unfounded charges and asking cryptic questions.
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