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Effect of Working Ontology on Some Conceptual Puzzles

Muller, Herbert FJ (2003) Effect of Working Ontology on Some Conceptual Puzzles. [Preprint]

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    This essay examines the effects of a change from traditional to working ontology on some conceptual problems that are under discussion in the literature : the liar paradox, the announced surprise paradox, the measurement problem, and the uncertainty relation. Some aspects of these puzzles appear to be by-products of the use of traditional ontology - as it is implied, for instance, in naïve realism - where conceptual tools have a (mind-independent) life of their own. Considering (in working ontology) what people can actually do with the conceptual tools they have facilitates the access to these puzzles.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Working Ontology, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Realism, Measurement Problem, Uncertainty Relation, Mind-Brain Relation
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
    Depositing User: Herbert F J Muller
    Date Deposited: 14 May 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1161
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1161

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