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Must Ontological Pragmatism be Self-Defeating?

Guy Rohrbaugh

in Art and Abstract Objects

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199691494
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691494.003.0002
Must Ontological Pragmatism be Self-Defeating?

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The correct methodology for the ontology of art, it is now widely agreed, is fundamentally pragmatic and governed by reflection on our actual practices. But reflection on this convergence has led to new forms of scepticism: that it leads to eliminativism, fictionalism, or other deflationary positions, that the answers it supplies cannot support the sort of aesthetic explanations we demand. This chapter distinguishes two understandings of the pragmatist project and argues that that we need not give in to these pressures because, properly understood, pragmatism can yield answers of the sort we were looking for.

Keywords: ontology; pragmatism; methodology; fictionalism; eliminativism; explanation; species; logical form; practice

Chapter.  7907 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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