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Ontology made easy

Author: Amie L Thomasson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
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This volume aims to develop the easy approach to ontology, showing how it leads to both a first-order simple realism about the disputed entities and a form of metaontological deflationism that takes ontological disputes themselves to be misguided, since existence questions may be answered by straightforward conceptual and/or empirical work. It also aims to defend the easy approach against a range of objections and  Read more...
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Thomasson, Amie L. (Amie Lynn), 1968-
Ontology made easy
(DLC) 2014008982
(OCoLC)883651687
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amie L Thomasson
ISBN: 9780199385126 0199385122
OCLC Number: 891590631
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2017 Sanders Book Prize by the American Philosophical Association..
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Contents: ""Cover""; ""Ontology Made Easy""; ""Copyright""; ""Dedication""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: The Forgotten Easy Approach""; ""I.1 The Historical Backstory""; ""I.2 The Rise of Neo-Quineanism""; ""I.3 The Easy Approach to Ontology: A Preliminary Sketch""; ""I.4 The Plan of This Book""; ""Part I Developing Easy Ontology""; ""1 Whatever Happened to Carnapian Deflationism?""; ""1.1 Carnap�s Approach to Existence Questions""; ""1.2 Quine and the Ascendency of Ontology""; ""1.3 Putnam Takes Deflationism on an Unfortunate Turn"" ""1.4 �Exists� as a Formal Notion: A Brief History""""1.5 Is Carnap Committed to Quantifier Variance?""; ""1.6 Conclusion""; ""2 The Unbearable Lightness of Existence""; ""2.1 A Core Rule of Use for �Exists�""; ""2.2 What Are Application Conditions?""; ""2.3 Do Application Conditions for �K� Include That Ks Exist?""; ""2.4 Answering Existence Questions Easily""; ""2.5 Against Substantive Criteria of Existence""; ""2.6 Lines of Reply""; ""3 Easy Ontology and Its Consequences""; ""3.1 Using Trivial Inferences to Answer Existence Questions""; ""3.2 Three Forms of Easy Ontology"" ""3.3 First Result: Simple Realism""""3.4 Second Result: Metaontological Deflationism""; ""4 Other Ways of Being Suspicious""; ""4.1 Denying That Ontological Disputes Are Genuine Disputes""; ""4.2 Denying That We Can Know the Answers""; ""4.3 Denying That There Are Answers to Know""; ""4.4 Understanding Hard Ontology""; ""5 Fictionalism versus Deflationism""; ""5.1 Motives for Fictionalism""; ""5.2 The Fictionalist�s Case against Easy Arguments""; ""5.3 A Problem for the Fictionalist�s Analogy""; ""5.4 How the Fictionalist Incurs a Debt""; ""5.5 A Reply for the Fictionalist"" ""5.6 The Deflationary Alternative""""5.7 Conclusion""; ""Part II Defending Easy Ontology""; ""6 Do Easy Arguments Give Us Problematic Ontological Commitments?""; ""6.1 Are We Over-Committed?""; ""6.2 Why Easy Arguments Require No Magic""; ""6.3 Do We Get the Objects We Wanted?""; ""6.4 Conclusion""; ""7 Do Doubts about Conceptual Truths Undermine Easy Arguments?""; ""7.1 Why Easy Ontology Needs Conceptual Truths""; ""7.2 Williamson�s Attack on Analyticity""; ""7.3 How Easy Inferences Survive""; ""7.4 Caveats and Conclusions"" ""8 Are Easy Arguments Threatened by the Bad Company Objection?""""8.1 The Bad Company Challenge for the Easy Approach""; ""8.2 Avoiding Bad Company""; ""8.3 The Limited Impact of Bad Company Objections""; ""9 Do Easy Arguments Fail to Answer Ontological Questions?""; ""9.1 Hofweber�s Solution to the Puzzle about Ontology""; ""9.2 Focus and Ontology""; ""9.3 Ways to Read the Quantifier""; ""10 Can Hard Ontological Questions Be Revived in Ontologese?""; ""10.1 Existence Questions in Ontologese""; ""10.2 Just More Metaphysics?""; ""10.3 Avoiding the Joint-Carving Quantifier""
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Existence questions have been topics for heated debates in metaphysics, but this book argues that they can often be answered easily, by trivial inferences from uncontroversial premises. This 'easy'  Read more...

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