This co-authored introductory essay outlines some of the historical background and contemporary context required to appreciate the contributions made by each of the essays included in this volume. It pays particular attention, first, to the debate between Quine and Carnap concerning the nature of ontological commitment; second, to Carnap’s views on linguistic frameworks and internal and external existence questions; and third, to the Carnapian legacy for contemporary work in metaontology. Drawing on this historical background, it then summarizes each of the eleven chapters. In so doing, it draws out some of the common themes and cross-currents running through the volume as a whole.
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