Ontology Made Easy

New York: Oup Usa (2014)
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Existence questions have been topics for heated debates in metaphysics, but this book argues that they can often be answered easily, by trivial inferences from uncontroversial premises. This 'easy' approach to ontology leads to realism about disputed entities, and to the view that metaphysical disputes about existence questions are misguided.

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Fictionalism versus Deflationism

The easy approach and fictionalism both present alternatives to the traditional options of eliminativism and heavyweight realism, and both lead to the conclusion that something is wrong with serious ontological debates. But the easy ontologist accepts the disputed entities, while the ficti... see more

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Amie Thomasson
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