Erkenntnis 87 (3):1275-1293 (2022)

Byron Simmons
Syracuse University (PhD)
Ontological pluralism is the view that there are different fundamental ways of being. Trenton Merricks has recently raised three objections to combining pluralism with a generic way of being enjoyed by absolutely everything there is: first, that the resulting view contradicts the pluralist’s core intuition; second, that it is especially vulnerable to the charge—due to Peter van Inwagen—that it posits a difference in being where there is simply a difference in kind; and, third, that it is in tension with various historically influential motivations for pluralism. I reply to each of these objections in turn. My replies will help to bring out the true nature of the pluralist’s basic commitments.
Keywords ontological pluralism  quantificational pluralism  ways of being  generic existence  thin conception of being  absolute actuality  actualism  possibilism
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