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Amie L. Thomasson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199385119

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385119.001.0001

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Other Ways of Being Suspicious

Other Ways of Being Suspicious

(p.161) 4 Other Ways of Being Suspicious
Ontology Made Easy

Amie L. Thomasson

Oxford University Press

The easy approach to ontology is but one manifestation of a growing suspicion that something has gone wrong somewhere in ‘hard’ ontological debates. This chapter compares the easy approach with other sceptical or deflationary approaches, including the view that disputes are merely verbal since disputants can be interpreted as using the quantifier differently, the epistemicist view that even if there are answers to ontological questions we may lack sufficient grounds for ever coming to know those answers, and the ‘ontological antirealist’ view that denies that there are answers to know. But if something is amiss with ontological disputes, how can we interpret what those who practice ‘hard’ ontology are up to? The chapter closes by considering some interpretive possibilities.

Keywords:   Karen Bennett, Eli Hirsch, David Chalmers, Stephen Yablo, quantifier variance, epistemicism

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