Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Post-doctoral Fellow
University of Alberta
Department of Philosophy
PhD, 2020
Karlsruhe, BW, Germany
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    The Realism of Taxonomic Pluralism
    Metaphysics 3 (1): 1-16. 2020.
    In this paper, I present a critique of taxonomic pluralism, namely the view that there are multiple correct ways to classify entities into natural kinds within a given scientific domain. I argue that taxonomic pluralism, as an anti-essentialist position, fails to provide a realist alternative to taxonomic monism, i.e., the view that there is only one correct way to classify entities into natural kinds within a given scientific domain. To establish my argument, I first explain why the naturalist …Read more
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    Why “is at”? —On Quine’s Objection to Carnap’s Aufbau in “Two Dogmas of Empiricism”
    Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy 6 (4). 2018.
    In “Two Dogmas”, Quine indicates that Carnap’s Aufbau fails “in principle” to reduce our knowledge of the external world to sense data. This is because in projecting the sensory material to reconstruct the physical world, Carnap gives up the use of operating rules and switches to a procedure informed by general principles. This procedure falls short of providing an eliminative translation for the connective “is at”, which is necessary for the reduction. In dissecting Quine’s objection, I argue t…Read more