Louis CaruanaCorresponding author

Is Science Eliminating Ordinary Talk?

4 – 1999, pages 25-41
Date of online publication: 30 November 2020
Date of publication: 30 November 1999


Discussions dealing with natural science, philosophy and common sense are bound to draw on long-standing debates dealing with realism, methodology of science, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, theories of meaning, and other topics. Instead of presenting a broad overview of these main trends, which will necessarily be superficial, I will do a kind of case study. The aim is to present just one particular debate which is of relevance to current research. The presentation is meant to give a taste of how these various long-standing debates are brought to bear on a specific issue. In this way, the very practice of engaging in a particular area of philosophy of science will serve as a platform from where the major areas can be seen in actual operation. The paper has four sections: the nature of ordinary talk; the ontological implications of this; the recently proposed account of the mental; an evaluation.

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Caruana, Louis. "Is Science Eliminating Ordinary Talk?" Forum Philosophicum 4 (1999): 25–41. doi:10.35765/forphil.1999.0401.2.