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So I think first of all that you're right to identify Quine as committed to saying something important about how the practice of science relates to our sense of "what there is" in the world. While from his earliest writing Quine was already talking about semantic holism, that our unit of interpretation in empirical hypothesis testing involves the ...


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Well, yes, exactly so, we can believe that our best scientific theories "tell us what exists". And then again, these theories may well turn out to be completely wrong. So this does not mean that "science determines our ontology"? Well, yes, it does if you want to! An ontology is "the set of entities presupposed by a theory", so ...


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