On the impossibility of metaphysics without ontology

Metaphilosophy 7 (2):116–132 (1976)
This article defends linguistic descent in contrast to the possibility of linguistic ascent or the formal mode in metaphysics. We can go both ways, but metaphysics metaphysically defined presupposes metaphysics conceptualstically defined, which presupposes metaphysicas ontologially defined. Predicates implie abstract concepts (categories in metaphysics), and abstract oncepts presuppose the concrete qualities from which they are abstracted. A distinction is made between any quality and that which has the quality. This article contains a refutation of Kant on the ontological argument. Being, conceived as instantiation, is a predicate once we posit universal properties instantiated by whatever is. The article, in the author's subequent work, leads to an explicit nominalism which asserts universals only as practical postulates of theoretical reason, i.e., logical discourse. Qualities are unique, not open to multiple instantiation.
Keywords metaphysics linguistically defined  metaphysically conceptualistically defined  linguistic ascent  metaphysics ontologically defined  linguistic descent  nominalism  ontology  metaphysics  categories
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.1976.tb00625.x
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