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The lore of our fathers is a fabric of sentences. In our hands it develops and changes, through more or less arbitrary and deliber ...
One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.
Our acceptance of an ontology is, I think, similar in principle to our acceptance of a scientific theory, say a system of physics; ...
A curious thing about the ontological problem is its simplicity. It can be put in three Anglo-Saxon monosyllables: 'What is there? ...
Furthermore it becomes folly to seek a boundary between synthetic statements, which hold contingently on experience, and analytic ...
The three main medieval points of view regarding universals are designated by historians as realism, conceptualism, and nominalism ...
We must not leap to the fatalistic conclusion that we are stuck with the conceptual scheme that we grew up in. We can change it, b ...
To be is to be the value of a variable.
It makes no sense to say what the objects of a theory are,
beyond saying how to interpret or reinterpret that theory in anoth
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Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is t ...
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