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Metametaphysics New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology

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ISBN-10: 0199546002

ISBN-13: 9780199546008

Edition: 2009

Authors: David Chalmers, David Manley, Ryan Wasserman

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Metaphysics asks questions about existence: for example, do numbers really exist? Metametaphysics asksquestions about metaphysics: for example, do its questions have determinate answers? If so, are these answers deep and important, or are they merely a matter of how we use words? What is the proper methodology for their resolution? These questions have received a heightened degree of attention lately with new varieties of ontological deflationism and pluralism challenging the kind of realism that has become orthodoxy in contemporary analytic metaphysics. This volume concerns the status and ambitions of metaphysics as a discipline. It brings together many of the central figures in the debate…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 540
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

List of Contributors
Introduction: A Guided Tour of Metametaphysics
Composition, Colocation, and Metaontology
Ontological Anti-Realism
Carnap and Ontological Pluralism
The Question of Ontology
The Metaontology of Abstraction
Superficialism in Ontology
Ontology and Alternative Languages
Ambitious, Yet Modest, Metaphysics
Ways of Being
Metaphysics after Carnap: The Ghost Who Walks?
On What Grounds What
Ontological Realism
Ontology, Analyticity, and Meaning: the Quine-Carnap Dispute
Answerable and Unanswerable Questions
Being, Existence, and Ontological Commitment
Must Existence-Questions have Answers?