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[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / e. Ontological commitment problems]

Full Idea

Maybe ordinary speakers aren't very concerned about their ontological commitments, and sometimes find it convenient to posit objects.

Gist of Idea

Ordinary speakers posit objects without concern for ontology


Řystein Linnebo (Plural Quantification [2008], 2.4)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.9

A Reaction

I think this is the whole truth about the ontological commitment of ordinary language. We bring abstraction under control by pretending it is a world of physical objects. The 'left wing' in politics, 'dark deeds', a 'huge difference'.