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How does Quine justify admitting numbers and classes, but not properties or...

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johnmessina | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM via web

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How does Quine justify admitting numbers and classes, but not properties or propositions in his ontology?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 6, 2013 at 10:25 PM (Answer #1)

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The justification is that Quine is an empiricist though not a nominalist. As such, he prefers to take into account transcendence "transcendent individuals." This is in opposition to "concrete individuals." Quine's essential ontology is "pure sets."

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