Metametaphysics New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology
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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 with their most recent work on the semantics, epistemology, and methodology of metaphysics.
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Contributors|
|Introduction: A Guided Tour of Metametaphysics|
|Composition, Colocation, and Metaontology|
|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|
|Ontology, Analyticity, and Meaning: the Quine-Carnap Dispute|
|Answerable and Unanswerable Questions|
|Being, Existence, and Ontological Commitment|
|Must Existence-Questions have Answers?|