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Ontology Without Borders

Jody Azzouni


Part I is metametaphysics. Quantifier variance views are criticized, and it’s shown that ontological debate, to be cogent, requires a single existence concept shared by debate participants. Natural language expresses such a concept which has certain formal properties—univocality among them. It’s shown that an ontological neutralist interpretation of quantifier domains (both formal- and natural-language) is consistent and consistent with usage data. Finally, several puzzles, among them Hob-Nob sentences and truth-talk about fictions, are resolved using the neutralist interpretation. A result es ... More

Keywords: neutral quantification, continua, indispensability arguments, characterization-placing languages, quantifier variance, individuation conditions, projectionism, objects, criteria for what exists, Quine’s criterion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190622558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190622558.001.0001


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Jody Azzouni, author