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Ontology Made Easy

Amie L. Thomasson

Abstract

In the decades following Quine, debates about existence have taken center stage in metaphysics. But neo-Quinean ontology has reached a crisis point, given the endless proliferation of positions and lack of any clear idea of how to resolve debates. The most prominent challenge to mainstream ontological debates has come from the idea that disputants can be seen as using the quantifier with different meanings, leaving the dispute merely verbal. Nearly all of the work in defense of hard ontology has gone into arguing against quantifier variance. This volume argues that hard ontology faces an entir ... More

Keywords: Carnap, existence, metaontology, easy ontology, neo-Fregean, neo-Quinean, quantifier variance, fictionalism, deflationism, metametaphysics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199385119
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385119.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amie L. Thomasson, author
University of Miami