How to have a radically minimal ontology

Philosophical Studies 151 (2):249 - 264 (2010)
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In this paper I further elucidate and defend a metaontological position that allows you to have a minimal ontology without embracing an error-theory of ordinary talk. On this view 'there are Fs' can be strictly and literally true without bringing an ontological commitment to Fs. Instead of a sentence S committing you to the things that must be amongst the values of the variables if it is true, I argue that S commits you to the things that must exist as truthmakers for S if it is true. I rebut some recent objections that have been levelled against this metaontological view
Keywords Ontological commitment  Compositional nihilism  Musical nihilism
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9442-2
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