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

Full Idea

Some philosophers speak about a theory's 'ideological commitments' and not just about its 'ontological commitments'.

Gist of Idea

We speak of a theory's 'ideological commitments' as well as its 'ontological commitments'


Řystein Linnebo (Plural Quantification [2008], 5.4)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.20

A Reaction

This is a third strategy for possibly evading one's ontological duty, along with fiddling with the words 'exist' or 'object'. An ideological commitment to something to which one is not actually ontologically committed conjures up stupidity and dogma.