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Ordinary Objects

Amie L. Thomasson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195319910
eISBN:
9780199869602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319910.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Arguments that ordinary inanimate objects such as tables and chairs, sticks and stones, simply do not exist have become increasingly common. Some arguments for eliminativism are based on demands for ... More


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


 The Methods of Metaphysics

Amie L. Thomasson

in Ordinary Objects

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195319910
eISBN:
9780199869602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319910.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The cluster of theses that underpin the reflective common sense worldview defended in this book has significant consequences regarding the proper methods and limits of metaphysics. This chapter ... More


Introduction

Amie L. Thomasson

in Ordinary Objects

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195319910
eISBN:
9780199869602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319910.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The introductory chapter lays out the motivations for defending a common sense ontology and provides an overview of the various eliminativist arguments against ordinary objects that will be discussed ... More


Ontology

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/9780199697908.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The metaontological question is: are ontological questions substantive? Ontological deflationists like Eli Hirsch say no; they are best construed as denying that quantifiers carve at the joints. ... 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


Abstractionism: Essays in Philosophy of Mathematics

Philip A Ebert and Marcus Rossberg (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199645268
eISBN:
9780191755330
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645268.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

The collection contains an extensive introduction and 16 original papers on the philosophical and mathematical aspects of Abstractionism—a position in the philosophy of mathematics which is a ... More


Ontology after Carnap

Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199661985
eISBN:
9780191748363
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

Methodological questions play an important role in contemporary metaphysics, whose practitioners and historians are actively reflecting on the nature of ontological questions, the status of their ... More


Some Metaphilosophical Issues

Matti Eklund

in Choosing Normative Concepts

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198717829
eISBN:
9780191787331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198717829.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses three metaphilosophical issues. First, the themes that have been the focus of the discussion relate to the trend of considering conceptual engineering, or conceptual ethics: ... More


Mitigated aporia

Tim Button

in The Limits of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199672172
eISBN:
9780191758393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The scenarios of Chapter 15 induce a state of aporia: a (metalevel) scepticism about our ability to answer Cartesian scepticism. This is similar to the state of aporia that can be induced by ... More


Conceptual cosmopolitanism

Tim Button

in The Limits of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199672172
eISBN:
9780191758393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672172.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 18 showed why conceptual relativism must be rejected. The aim of this chapter is to save everything that was good about conceptual relativism (whilst avoiding its problems). The chapter draws ... More


Unbearable Lightness of Being

Øystein Linnebo

in Thin Objects: An Abstractionist Account

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199641314
eISBN:
9780191863806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199641314.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This book defends an undemanding conception of objecthood according to which any acceptable criterion of identity suffices for the existence of objects governed by this criterion. Some even less ... More


Stipulations and Requirements: Reply to Horden

Louis deRosset

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics: Volume 10

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780198791973
eISBN:
9780191834196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791973.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In “Analyticity and Ontology” (2015), deRosset argued that there are counterexamples to the claim that the sentences analytically entailed by a claim P require nothing more of the world for their ... More


Metaontology: Existence

Uriah Kriegel

in Brentano's Philosophical System: Mind, Being, Value

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198791485
eISBN:
9780191850493
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791485.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Brentano’s theory of judgment serves as a springboard for his conception of reality, indeed for his ontology. It does so, indirectly, by inspiring a very specific metaontology. To a first ... More


Absolutism and Relativism

J. P. Studd

in Everything, more or less: A defence of generality relativism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780198719649
eISBN:
9780191788734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198719649.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

Absolutism about quantifiers maintains, with a good deal of prima facie plausibility, that quantifiers like ‘everything’ sometimes range over an absolutely comprehensive domain. This view has been ... More


Carnap and Ontology: Foreign Travel and Domestic Understanding

Richard Creath

in Ontology after Carnap

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199661985
eISBN:
9780191748363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

There is currently, especially in metaontology, a resurgence of interest in Carnap. This chapter argues that historians can learn from certain current criticisms of Carnap such as those by Matti ... More


Introduction

Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe

in Ontology after Carnap

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199661985
eISBN:
9780191748363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

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 ... More


Frameworks and Deflation in “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology” and Recent Metametaphysics

Alan Sidelle

in Ontology after Carnap

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199661985
eISBN:
9780191748363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

Recent work has favorably cited Carnap’s “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology” (ESO) in connection with deflationary views about debates in the metaphysics of material objects. But attention to ... More


Carnap and the Prospects for Easy Ontology

Amie L. Thomasson

in Ontology after Carnap

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199661985
eISBN:
9780191748363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

After more than fifty years, metaontology is back in fashion. But in most recent discussions, the original Carnapian deflationist position has been missed. How could this be so? And what difference ... More


Much Ado about Something-from-Nothing; or, Problems for Ontological Minimalism

Simon Evnine

in Ontology after Carnap

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199661985
eISBN:
9780191748363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661985.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, History of Philosophy

Ontological minimalism (or easy ontology) combines realism about first-order existence questions with a deflationary understanding of such existence claims: the concepts of the entities at issue in ... More


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