Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology
David Chalmers, David Manley, Ryan Wasserman
Oxford University Press, Feb 19, 2009 - Philosophy - 529 pages
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.
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Below is my old review of the book, right after it came out. It's a bit polemical, but I still stand behind most of it. ---------- If the number of dragons is zero and thus there is such a thing as ... Read full review
A Guided Tour of Metametaphysics
2 Composition Colocation and Metaontology
3 Ontological AntiRealism
4 Carnap and Ontological Pluralism
5 The Question of Ontology
6 The Metaontology of Abstraction
7 Superficialism in Ontology
8 Ontology and Alternative Languages
The Ghost Who Walks?
12 On What Grounds What
13 Ontological Realism
the QuineCarnap Dispute
15 Answerable and Unanswerable Questions
16 Being Existence and Ontological Commitment
17 Must ExistenceQuestions have Answers?
9 Ambitious Yet Modest Metaphysics
10 Ways of Being