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Writing the Book of the World

Theodore Sider

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199697908
eISBN:
9780191732096
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In order to perfectly describe the world, it is not enough to speak truly. One must also use the right concepts ‐ including the right logical concepts. One must use concepts that ``carve at the ... More


Structure

Theodore Sider

in Writing the Book of the World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199697908
eISBN:
9780191732096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Much of metaphysics, as it’s traditionally conceived, is an investigation of the fundamental nature of reality. This may be understood as the investigation of the world’s structure. Although ... More


Metametaphysics

Theodore Sider

in Writing the Book of the World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199697908
eISBN:
9780191732096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697908.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Metaphysical deflationism ‐ one way of construing inchoate antimetaphysical sentiment ‐ claims that various metaphysical questions are nonsubstantive, in the sense of having different answers ... More


Metaphysics, Sophistry, and Illusion: Toward a Widespread Non-Factualism

Mark Balaguer

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780198868361
eISBN:
9780191904813
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198868361.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book does two things. First, it introduces a novel kind of non-factualist view, and it argues that we should endorse views of this kind in connection with a wide class of metaphysical questions, ... More


Ontology Made Easy

Amie L. Thomasson

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199385119
eISBN:
9780199385133
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385119.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, General

In the decades following Quine, debates about existence have taken center stage in metaphysics. But neo-Quinean ontology has reached a crisis point, given the endless proliferation of positions and ... More


Quantifier Variance and Realism: Essays in Metaontology

Eli Hirsch

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199732111
eISBN:
9780190267506
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199732111.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The author of this book has contributed steadily to metaphysics since his ground-breaking (and much cited) work on identity through time (culminating in the 1982 The Concept of Identity). Within the ... More


A Pragmatic Method for Normative Conceptual Work

Amie L. Thomasson

in Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198801856
eISBN:
9780191840418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801856.003.0021
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

How ought we to do work in conceptual ethics? Some have thought that conceptual choice should itself be guided by (heavyweight) metaphysics—for we should be sure that our concepts pick out things ... More


Introduction

Mark Balaguer

in Metaphysics, Sophistry, and Illusion: Toward a Widespread Non-Factualism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780198868361
eISBN:
9780191904813
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198868361.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 1 provides a synopsis of the entire book. Roughly speaking, the book does two things. First, it introduces a novel kind of non-factualist view and argues that we should endorse views of this ... More


The Language of Ontology

J. T. M. Miller (ed.)

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192895332
eISBN:
9780191916151
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192895332.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

Metaphysical and ontological debates—debates about what exists and the nature of reality—have long been among the most discussed topics in philosophy. However, some argue that ontological debates are ... More


The Reality of Consciousness

Philip Goff

in Consciousness and Fundamental Reality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190677015
eISBN:
9780190677046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677015.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter presents the “big picture” approach of this book. It argues that the reality of consciousness is a datum in its own right, a starting point for metaphysical enquiry that sits alongside ... More


Analytic Phenomenology: A Metaphysical Manifesto

Philip Goff

in Consciousness and Fundamental Reality

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
August 2017
ISBN:
9780190677015
eISBN:
9780190677046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677015.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter outlines a consciousness-based approach to metaphysics: analytic phenomenology. Chapter 5 argued that introspection reveals the essential nature of our conscious states. Analytic ... More


Metaphysics

John Heil

in Appearance in Reality

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780198865452
eISBN:
9780191897818
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865452.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A discussion of the inevitability of metaphysics centered on the question, how are the appearances related to reality? The universe as we encounter it in our everyday and scientific pursuits, what ... More


Introduction: The Language of Ontology

J. T. M. Miller

in The Language of Ontology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192895332
eISBN:
9780191916151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192895332.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

Metametaphysics and metaontology are not new domains of inquiry. For as long as there has been metaphysical theorizing, there has been debate about the scope, methods, and limits of metaphysics. This ... More


The Questions of Ontology

Richard Woodward

in The Language of Ontology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192895332
eISBN:
9780191916151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192895332.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

Despite its enduring influence, Quine’s account of how we should both understand and go about answering ontological questions has come under increasing fire in the recent metaontological literature. ... More


Structural Pluralism

Alessandro Torza

in The Language of Ontology

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780192895332
eISBN:
9780191916151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192895332.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Language

The chapter introduces and defends structural pluralism: the view that there is a plurality of ways of carving nature at the joints. The first part of the chapter argues that structural pluralism is ... More


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