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Metametaphysics : new essays on the foundations of ontology

Author: David John Chalmers; David Manley; Ryan Wasserman
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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Metaphysics asks questions about existence: for example, do numbers really exist? Metametaphysics asks questions 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David John Chalmers; David Manley; Ryan Wasserman
ISBN: 0199546002 9780199546008
OCLC Number: 474206582
Description: viii, 529 s.
Contents: 1. Introduction:The Ghost Who Walks?; 12. On What Grounds What; 13. Ontological Realism; 14. Ontology, Analyticity, and Meaning: The Quine-Carnap Dispute; 15. Answerable and Unanswerable Questions; 16. Being, Existence, and Ontological Commitment; 17. Must Existence-Questions Have Answers? / A Guided Tour of Metametaphysics; 2. Composition, Colocation, and Metaontology; 3. Ontological Anti-Realism; 4. Carnap and Ontological Pluralism; 5. The Question of Ontology; 6. The Metaontology of Abstraction; 7. Superficialism in Ontology; 8. Ontology and Alternative Languages; 9. Ambitious, Yet Modest, Metaphysics; 10. Ways of Being; 11. Metaphysics after Carnap.
Responsibility: ed. by David Chalmers, David Manley, and Ryan Wasserman.
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This volume investigates 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,  Read more...

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