Quantifier Variance and Realism: Essays in Metaontology

Hardcover | April 30, 2011

byEli Hirsch

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Eli Hirsch has contributed steadily to metaphysics since his ground-breaking (and much cited) work on identity through time (culminating in the 1982 OUP book The Concept of Identity). Within the last 10 years, his work on realism and quantifier variance has been front-and-center in the mindsof many metaphysicians. Metametaphysics, which looks at foundational questions about the very practice of metaphysics and the questions it raises, is now a popular area of discussion. There is a lot of anxiety about what ontology is, and Hirsch's diagnosis of how revisionary ontologists go wrongis one of the main views being discussed. This volume collects HIrsch's essays from the last decade (with the exception of one article from 1978) on ontology and metametaphysics which are very much tied to these debates. His essays develop a distinctive language-based argument against variousanti-commonsensical views that have recently dominated ontology. All these views go astray, Hirsch says, by failing to interpret ordinary assertions about existence in a plausibly charitable way, so their philosophizing leads them to misuse language about ontology -- our ordinary concept of 'whatexists' -- in favor of a position othat is quite different. Hirsch will supply a new introduction. The volume will interest philosophers of metaphysics currently engaged in these debates.

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Eli Hirsch has contributed steadily to metaphysics since his ground-breaking (and much cited) work on identity through time (culminating in the 1982 OUP book The Concept of Identity). Within the last 10 years, his work on realism and quantifier variance has been front-and-center in the mindsof many metaphysicians. Metametaphysics, wh...

Eli Hirsch is Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University and author of Dividing Reality (OUP 1997).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. "A Sense of Unity," The Journal of Philosophy, September l9782. "Basic Objects: A Reply to Xu," Mind and Language, 19973. "Objectivity Without Objects," in World Congress of Philosophers, Volume 5: Epistemology, 19994. "The Vagueness of Identity," Philosophical Topics, 20005. "Quantifier Variance and Realism," Philosophical Issues, 20026. "Against Revisionary Ontology," Philosophical Topics, 20037. "Comments on Theodore Sider's Four Dimensionalism," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, May 20048. "Sosa's Existential Relativism," in Ernest Sosa and His Critics, Blackwell, 20049. "Physical-Object Ontology, Verbal Disputes, and Common Sense," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, January 200510. "Ontological Arguments: Interpretive Charity and Quantifier Variance", in Metaphysical Debates , Blackwell, 200811. "Language, Ontology, and Structure", Nous, September 200812. "Ontology and Alternative Languages", Metametaphysics, Oxford University Press, 2009