Philosophical Analysis

John Heil

in From an Ontological Point of View

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259748
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597657 | DOI:
 Philosophical Analysis

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Only philosophers beguiled by the Picture Theory could imagine that we are in a position to discover deep truths about the world by analysing language. Absolutists hold that, for stretches of discourse concerning which we are ‘realists’, terms line up with mind‐independent objects and properties, or are analysable into terms that so line up; eliminativists, noting that such alignment is hard to come by, deny that the terms refer; relativists are suspicious of mind‐independence. I recommend a realism shorn of the Picture Theory.

Keywords: absolutism; analysis; anti‐realism; eliminativism; ontology; Picture Theory; H. Putnam; realism; E. Sosa; truth; truth‐making

Chapter.  3363 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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