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Ontology and the Ambitions of Metaphysics

Thomas Hofweber

Abstract

Many significant problems in metaphysics are tied to ontological questions, but ontology and its relation to larger questions in metaphysics give rise to a series of puzzles that suggest that we don’t fully understand what ontology is supposed to do, nor what ambitions metaphysics can have for finding out about what the world is like. This book aims to solve these puzzles about ontology and consequently to make progress on four metaphysical debates tied to ontology: the philosophy of arithmetic, the metaphysics of ordinary objects, the problem of universals, and the question whether the fact-l ... More

Keywords: ontology, metaphysics, philosophy of arithmetic, problem of universals, idealism, ordinary objects, ineffable facts, quantification, focus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769835.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Hofweber, author
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill