A Quinean Critique of Ostrich Nominalism

Bryan Pickel, Nicholas Mantegani

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Ostrich nominalists often cite Quine's criterion of ontological commitment in order to claim that their view is more parsimonious than rival positions in ontology such as realism. We show that Quine's criterion, properly understood, does not support this claim. Indeed, we show that ostrich nominalism has a far more profligate ontology than realism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalPhilosophers' Imprint
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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