New directions in metaphysics and ontology

Axiomathes 18 (3):273-288 (2008)
A personal view is presented of how metaphysics and ontology stand at the beginning of the twenty-first century, in the light of developments during the twentieth. It is argued that realist metaphysics, with serious ontology at its heart, has a promising future, provided that its adherents devote some time and effort to countering the influences of both its critics and its false friends.
Keywords Metaphysics  Ontology  Scepticism  Nominalism  Essence  Modality  Categories  Conceptualism  Pseudo-ontology
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-008-9048-x
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