A Problem for Hofweber’s Ontological Project

Philosophia 43 (3):843-846 (2015)
Abstract
Thomas Hofweber's well-known ontological project crucially involves inferring negative existential statements from statements of non-reference, i.e. statements that say that some term or terms do not refer. Here, after explaining the context of this move, I aim to show that it is fallacious, and that this vitiates Hofweber's ontological project.
Keywords ontology  metaphysics  metametaphysics  Hofweber  semantic descent  non-existence  numbers  philosophy of language
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-015-9609-3
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A Puzzle About Ontology.Thomas Hofweber - 2005 - Noûs 39 (2):256–283.
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Number Determiners, Numbers, and Arithmetic.Thomas Hofweber - 2005 - Philosophical Review 114 (2):179-225.

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