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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 17, 2008


Wen-fang Wang
Pages 149-161
DOI: 10.5840/wcp22200817815

Ockham’s New Razor
A Model-Theoretical Approach to Shrink the Size of Unwanted Ontology

I show in this paper how Putnam’s model-theoretical argument can be modified so as to generate a new general tool for Nominalism. I call such a tool “Ockham’s New Razor”. Section I illustrates how the model-theoretical technique that I have in mind can be applied to argue against Meinongian theories. Section II shows how the technique can be generalized to other cases as well. It also contains a brief discussion of the major assumption in the technique. Section III discusses possible objections to my so-called “Ockham’s New Razor”.

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