Ideas from 'Identity, Ostension, and Hypostasis' by Willard Quine [1950], by Theme Structure

[found in 'From a Logical Point of View' by Quine,Willard [Harper and Row 1963,0-06-130566-9]].

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1. Philosophy / E. Nature of Metaphysics / 5. Metaphysics as Conceptual
We aren't stuck with our native conceptual scheme; we can gradually change it
7. Existence / B. Change in Existence / 2. Processes
A river is a process, with stages; if we consider it as one thing, we are considering a process
7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 7. Abstract/Concrete / a. Abstract/concrete
We don't say 'red' is abstract, unlike a river, just because it has discontinuous shape
7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 10. Ontological Commitment / a. Ontological commitment
General terms don't commit us ontologically, but singular terms with substitution do
8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 4. Concept Nominalism
Understanding 'is square' is knowing when to apply it, not knowing some object
8. Modes of Existence / E. Nominalism / 6. Mereological Nominalism
'Red' is a single concrete object in space-time; 'red' and 'drop' are parts of a red drop
Red is the largest red thing in the universe
9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 1. Concept of Identity
To unite a sequence of ostensions to make one object, a prior concept of identity is needed
9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 7. Indiscernible Objects
We should just identify any items which are indiscernible within a given discourse
18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Concepts and Language / b. Concepts are linguistic
Concepts are language
18. Thought / D. Concepts / 6. Abstract Concepts / a. Abstract concepts
Apply '-ness' or 'class of' to abstract general terms, to get second-level abstract singular terms
19. Language / A. Language / 1. Language
Discourse generally departmentalizes itself to some degree