Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology

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OUP Oxford, Feb 19, 2009 - Philosophy - 529 pages
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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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Contents

2 Composition Colocation and Metaontology
38
3 Ontological AntiRealism
77
4 Carnap and Ontological Pluralism
130
5 The Question of Ontology
157
6 The Metaontology of Abstraction
178
7 Superficialism in Ontology
213
8 Ontology and Alternative Languages
231
9 Ambitious Yet Modest Metaphysics
260
The Ghost Who Walks?
320
12 On What Grounds What
347
13 Ontological Realism
384
the QuineCarnap Dispute
424
15 Answerable and Unanswerable Questions
444
16 Being Existence and Ontological Commitment
472
17 Must ExistenceQuestions have Answers?
507
Index
527

10 Ways of Being
290

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David Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science. He is especially interested in consciousness, but is also interested in artificial intelligence and computation, in philosophical issues about meaning and possibility, and in the foundations of cognitive science and of physics.
David Manley is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. His papers in metaphysics and epistemology have appeared in such journals as Mind, The Journal of Philosophy, Nous>, and Philosophical Quarterly. Ryan Wasserman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University.

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