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I cannot understand how and why the Aristotelian essentialism is problematic for Quine. I have tried to read articles on the theme but probably I am not smart enough to understand them. Could you please explain this issue for me?

  • Otherwise, it might help you to study the history of logical positivism before you study Quine. Also, this YouTube video by Hilary Putnam is good, Quine as the reluctant Platonist, why? The problem of mathematics which is used by science. Quine & Ontology: m.youtube.com/watch?v=AhHIVEN839s – Gordon Jun 9 at 18:13
  • Is there a particular reference from Quine's works that express this problem with Aristotelian essentialism in more detail? – Frank Hubeny Jun 9 at 18:36
  • Existence, SEP scroll down a bit a you will seeAristotle discussed. plato.stanford.edu/entries/existence – Gordon Jun 9 at 18:49
  • On What Exists Mathematically, or Indispensability without Platonism Just an article that may interest you at some point. philsci-archive.pitt.edu/4757/1/… – Gordon Jun 9 at 19:04
  • It is a problem because Quine is an epistemological holist. For him, any properties of any entities are, in part, artifacts of a theory used to posit them, not something indwelling out there. Which is pretty much an outright rejection of any essences or de re metaphysics, see SEP Suspicions about Essentialism. – Conifold Jun 10 at 5:46

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