On the Prospects for Ontology: Deflationism, Pluralism, and Carnap's Principle of Tolerance
Article first published online: 2 DEC 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
European Journal of Philosophy
How to Cite
Haug, M. C. (2011), On the Prospects for Ontology: Deflationism, Pluralism, and Carnap's Principle of Tolerance. European Journal of Philosophy. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2011.00509.x
- Article first published online: 2 DEC 2011
In this paper, I critically discuss recent work on the role that the principle of tolerance plays in Rudolf Carnap's philosophy. Specifically, I consider how two prominent interpretations of Carnap's principle of tolerance can be used to argue for Carnap's anti-metaphysical views. I then argue that there are serious problems with these arguments, and I diagnose those problems as resulting, in part, from a tension between competing goals of Carnap's philosophical project.