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Karen Bennett and Dean W. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.001.0001

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Ontological Nihilism

Ontological Nihilism

Chapter:
(p.3) 1. Ontological Nihilism
Source:
Oxford Studies in Metaphysics
Author(s):

Jason Turner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.003.0001

Ontological nihilism is the radical-sounding thesis that there is nothing at all. This chapter first discusses how the most plausible forms of this thesis aim to be slightly less radical than they sound and what they will have to do in order to succeed in their less radical ambitions. In particular, they will have to paraphrase sentences of best science into ontologically innocent counterparts. The chapter then points out the defects in two less plausible strategies, before going on to argue that strategies that look more promising, including one based on Quine's predicate-functor language, face the same defects.

Keywords:   ontology, ontological nihilism, predicate-functor language, ontological innocence, paraphrase

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