Ontology after Carnap

Hardcover | April 23, 2016

EditorStephan Blatti, Sandra Lapointe

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Analytic philosophy is once again in a methodological frame of mind. Nowhere is this more evident than in metaphysics, whose practitioners and historians are actively reflecting on the nature of ontological questions, the status of their answers, and the relevance of contributions both fromother areas within philosophy (e.g., philosophical logic, semantics) and beyond (notably, the natural sciences). Such reflections are hardly new: the debate between Willard van Orman Quine and Rudolf Carnap about how to understand and resolve ontological questions is widely seen as a turning pointin twentieth-century analytic philosophy. And indeed, this volume is occasioned by the fact that the deflationary approach to metaphysics advocated by Carnap in that debate is once again attracting considerable interest and support.Containing eleven original essays by many of today's leading voices in metametaphysics, Ontology After Carnap aims both to deepen our understanding of Carnap's contributions to metaontology and to explore how this legacy might be mined for insights into the contemporary debate. This collection willbe of interest to scholars and students working in metaphysics, semantics, philosophical logic, metaphilosophy, and the history of analytic philosophy.

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Analytic philosophy is once again in a methodological frame of mind. Nowhere is this more evident than in metaphysics, whose practitioners and historians are actively reflecting on the nature of ontological questions, the status of their answers, and the relevance of contributions both fromother areas within philosophy (e.g., philosoph...

Stephan Blatti is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Memphis, where he also serves as Director of the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities and is an affiliate member of the Institute for Intelligent Systems. His work focuses primarily on personal identity and its relation to issues in ontology, philosop...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:April 23, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe: Introduction2. Thomas Hofweber: Carnap's Big Idea3. Robert Kraut: Three Carnaps on Ontology4. Alan Sidelle: Frameworks and Deflation in 'Empiricism, Semantics and Ontology' and Recent Metametaphysics5. Stephen Biggs and Jessica Wilson: Carnap, the Necessary A Posteriori, and Metaphysical Nihilism6. Eli Hirsch: Three Degrees of Carnapian Tolerance7. Amie Thomasson: Carnap and the Prospects for Easy Ontology8. Simon Evnine: Much Ado about Something-from-Nothing; or, Problems for Ontological Minimalism9. Matti Eklund: Carnap's Legacy for the Contemporary Metaontological Debate10. Richard Creath: Carnap and Ontology: Foreign Travel and Domestic Understanding11. Greg Lavers: Carnap on Abstract and Theoretical Entities12. Kathrin Koslicki: Questions of Ontology