Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology. Rudolph Carnap. [In this essay Carnap is concerned with the question of the “reality” of the sorts of what he calls “abstract. Rudolf Carnap’s article “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology” deals with the implications of accepting language which refers to abstract entities. Empiricists. Carnap, “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology”. Major Premise: Accepting the existence abstract entities involves a pragmatic decision to use a certain linguistic.

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Second, the introduction of variables of the new type. Nor are they subjectiveas there is no reference to a subject, like “There is a p which is necessary for Mr. In spite of this warning, it seems that some of those readers semanrics were puzzled by the explanations, did not disregard them but thought that by raising objections against them they could refute the theory.

In order to facilitate the understanding of the systematic development, I added some informal, extra-systematic explanations concerning the nature of propositions. Because of space, I will not go into further details Carnap discusses about the systems of integers, rational numbers and real numbers that is a little too heavy for evening philosophy anyway! The latter introduction, they believe, is legitimate only if it can be justified by an ontological insight supplying an affirmative answer to the question of reality.

To be real in the scientific sense means to be an element of the system; hence this concept cannot be meaningfully applied to the system itself. Richard Boyd – – Philosophical Studies 61 From the internal questions we must clearly distinguish external questions, i. The psychological question as to which kinds of entities do and which do not occur as immediate data is entirely irrelevant for semantics, just as it is for physics, mathematics, economic;, etc.

Semantics, Semanticw, and Ontology. This shows again the confusion mentioned, because a superstition or myth is a false or dubious internal statement. Some of the criticisms by English philosophers against such references give the impression that, probably due to the misinterpretation just indicated, they accuse the semanticist not so much of bad metaphysics as some nominalists would do but of bad psychology.

Among those philosophers who have carried out semantical analyses and thought about suitable tools for this work, beginning with Plato and Aristotle and, in a more technical way on the basis semantic modern logic, with C.


We have to lntology the choice whether or not to accept and use the forms of expression in the framework in question. Science Logic and Mathematics. However, let us look at a few different examples.

A general term, a predicate of a higher level, is introduced into the framework, so we can say of any particular entity that it belongs to this kind e. But, Carnap warns, it concerns a matter of degree, and a formulation in the form “real or not?

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Take the world of things – the simplest kind of entities empriicism deal with in everyday language. Marc Alspector-Kelly – – Philosophical Studies 1: Some semanticists say that certain expressions designate certain entities, and among these designated entities they include not only concrete material things but also abstract entities e. Derogatory labels like “Platonic realism” semantiics or “‘Fido’-Fido principle” are attached to it. The concept of reality occurring in these internal questions is an empirical scientific non-metaphysical concept.

Let us grant to those who work in any special field of investigation the freedom to use any form of expression which seems useful to them; the work in the field will sooner or later lead to the elimination of those forms which have no useful function. He might, for example, tell him to imagine the atoms of a gas as small balls rushing around with great speed, or the electromagnetic field and its oscillations as quasi-elastic tensions and vibrations in an ether.

This acceptance is not in need of a theoretical justification except with respect to expediency and fruitfulnessbecause it does not imply a belief or assertion. This conception, which seems to deviate considerably from customary ways of thinking, is explained in his article “Semantics and Abstract Objects,” Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences80 Request removal from index.

With these new forms in the language, you can now devise empirical or logical questions and possible answers to them.

A Place for Pragmatism in the Dynamics of Reason? However, if we look at the basic anti-metaphysical and pro-scientific attitude of most nominalists and the same holds for many materialists and realists ontoligy the modern sensedisregarding their occasional pseudo-theoretical formulations, then it is, of course, true to say that the Vienna Circle was much closer to those philosophers than to their opponents.

Rudolf Carnap, Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology. — – PhilPapers

They do, of course, not mean the internal question; the empiricismm answer to this question is analytic and trivial and too obvious for doubt or denial, as we have seen. The thing language in the customary form works indeed with a high degree of efficiency for most purposes of everyday life.


It is obvious that the apparent negation of a pseudo-statement cadnap also be a pseudo-statement. They are not yes-no questions but questions of degree.

Nevertheless, we may regard it as a matter of decision in fmpiricism sense: Unless and until they supply a clear cognitive interpretation, we are justified in our suspicion that their question is a pseudo-question, that is, ontoloty disguised in the form of a theoretical question while in fact it is a non-theoretical; in the present case it is crnap practical problem whether or not to incorporate into the language the new linguistic forms which constitute the framework of numbers.

These types Carnap calls internal questions. A brief historical remark may here be inserted. Generally speaking, any expression of empiricsm form “‘. The acceptance of a new kind of entities is represented in the language by the introduction of a framework of new forms of expressions to be used according to a new set cqrnap rules.

To begin with, there is the internal question which together with the affirmative answer, can be formulated in the new terms, say by “There are numbers” or, more explicitly, “There is an n such that n is a number.

Realism and the Absence of Value. Therefore the introduction of such constants is not to be regarded as an essential step in the introduction of the framework. Those who criticize these statements do not, of course, reject the use of the expressions in question, like “red” or “five”; nor would they deny that these expressions are meaningful. Marc Alspector-Kelly – – Philosophical Studies 1: Epistemology in 20th Century Philosophy Carnap: With respect to the basic attitude to take in choosing a language form an “ontology” in Quine’s terminology, which seems to me misleadingthere appears now to be agreement between us: Logical Empiricism, Politics, and Professionalism.

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