Ideas from 'Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?' by Stephen Yablo [1998], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Things: Philosophical Papers vol. 2' by Yablo,Stephen [OUP 2010,978-0-19-926649-0]].

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7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 6. Fictionalism
For me, fictions are internally true, without a significant internal or external truth-value
Make-believe can help us to reason about facts and scientific procedures
'The clouds are angry' can only mean '...if one were attributing emotions to clouds'
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / e. Ontological commitment problems
Quine is hopeless circular, deriving ontology from what is literal, and 'literal' from good ontology