Monist 97 (7):460–478 (2014)

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David Liggins
University of Manchester
Chris Daly
University of Manchester
Charlotte Daly
Birkbeck College
Abstract
Do numbers exist? Do properties? Do possible worlds? Do fictional characters? Many metaphysicians spend time and effort trying to answer these and other questions about the existence of various entities. These inquiries have recently encountered opposition: a group of philosophers, drawing inspiration from Aristotle, have argued that many or all of the existence questions debated by metaphysicians can be answered trivially, and so are not worth debating. Our task is to defend existence questions from the neo-Aristotelians' attacks.
Keywords Schaffer  Fine  Koslicki  neo-Aristotelianism  ontology
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DOI 10.5840/monist201497430
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