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From an Ontological Point of View$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199259747.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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From an Ontological Point of View
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DOI:10.1093/0199259747.003.0001

Ontology is inescapable: even anti‐realists must be realists about something (minds, language, theories). Contemporary ontology has suffered from allegiance to an implicit Picture Theory of language according to which we can ‘read off’ features of the world from our ways of talking about it. One result is the widespread popularity of ‘levels’ of reality.

Keywords:   anti‐realism, levels, ontological seriousness, ontology, Picture Theory, possible world, proposition, realism, truth, truth‐making

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