Ontology after Carnap

2016.11.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe (eds.), Ontology after Carnap, Oxford University Press, 2016, 244pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2016.11.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe (eds.), Ontology after Carnap, Oxford University Press, 2016, 244pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199661985. Reviewed by Tim Button, University of Cambridge Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe tell us that 'careful and sustained work in metaontology is a relatively recent phenomenon. The single most significant episode in the brief history of metaontological inquiry was the mid-twentieth century debate between' Rudolf Carnap and W.V.O. Quine (p.1). It will be sad if we forget works like Kant's Prolegomena or James's Pragmatism when we write metaontology's history. Still, the editors' remark is a clear point to the book's focus: metaontology in the light of recent interest in Carnap's 'Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology' (1950). Carnap 1950 is at the centre of things, as that is where Carnap formulates his internal/external dichotomy. If you haven't already encountered the. . .

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