On What There Is

  title={On What There Is},
  author={W. Quine},
  journal={Review of Metaphysics},
  • W. Quine
  • Published 1948
  • Philosophy
  • Review of Metaphysics
In this paper I begin by considering some remarks of Professor W. V. Quine’s on what he calls ‘the ontological problem’.1 Professor Quine holds that from the fact that a sign has meaning it does not, in general, follow either that there is anything that it stands for, or that there is anything that it denotes. This applies, in his view, not only to words like ‘red’ which are sometimes thought to stand for properties, but also to words like ‘Pegasus’ which are commonly regarded as names; for he… Expand
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