Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (1):85–151 (2005)
|Abstract||This paper concerns a fundamental dispute in ontology between the “Foundational Ontologist”, who believes that there is only one correct way of characterizing what there is, and the ontological “Skeptic”, who believes that there are viable alternative characterizations of what there is. I examine in detail an intriguing recent proposal in Dorr (2005), which promises to yield (i) a way of interpreting the Skeptic by means of a counterfactual semantics; and (ii) a way of converting the Skeptic to a position within Foundational Ontology, viz., that of Nihilism (according to which nothing composes anything and the world consists of mereological simples); this alleged conversion crucially turns on a novel notion of “metaphysical analyticity”. I argue that both components of Dorr’s proposal are problematic in central ways: as a result, the Foundational Ontologist gains an indirect argument against the coherence of the Skeptic’s position; and the non-Nihilist Foundational Ontologist may feel confirmed in his doubts towards the Nihilist outlook.|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Luc Schneider (2010). Revisiting the Ontological Square. In Anthony Galton & Riichiro Mizoguchi (eds.), Proceeding of the 2010 conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference (FOIS 2010). IOS Press.
Jochen Runde (1993). Paul Davidson and the Austrians: Reply to Davidson. Critical Review 7 (2-3):381-397.
H. T. Engelhardt (2010). Beyond the Best Interests of Children: Four Views of the Family and of Foundational Disagreements Regarding Pediatric Decision Making. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (5):499-517.
Lorenz B. Puntel (2001). Truth, Sentential Non-Compositionality, and Ontology. Synthese 126 (1-2):221 - 259.
Paul Teller (2004). How We Dapple the World. Philosophy of Science 71 (4):425-447.
Uriah Kriegel (2011). Two Defenses of Common-Sense Ontology. Dialectica 65 (2):177-204.
David J. Chalmers (2009). Ontological Anti-Realism. In David John Chalmers, David Manley & Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads15 ( #78,526 of 548,973 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #63,511 of 548,973 )
How can I increase my downloads?