In Stephan Blatti & Sandra Lapointe (eds.), Ontology After Carnap. Oxford University Press (2015)

Kathrin Koslicki
University of Alberta
Following W.V. Quine’s lead, many metaphysicians consider ontology to be concerned primarily with existential questions of the form, “What is there?”. Moreover, if the position advanced by Rudolf Carnap, in his seminal essay, “Empiricism, Semantics, and Ontology ”, is correct, then many of these existential ontological questions ought to be classified as either trivially answerable or as “pseudo-questions”. One may justifiably wonder, however, whether the Quinean and Carnapian perspective on ontology really does justice to many of the most central concerns of this discipline. This chapter argues, by considering a particular ontological dispute between two different kinds of trope theorists, that some of the most interesting and important debates which properly belong to the study of being, whether we call it “metaphysics” or “ ontology ”, do not concern existential questions at all; rather, such disputes in some cases focus on non-existential disagreements over questions of fundamentality
Keywords Quine  Carnap  Ontology  Existence  Trope theory  Internal questions  External questions  Ontological disputes  Fundamentality  Criteria of Identity
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Constructing the World.David Chalmers - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
Ontological Dependence.Tuomas Tahko & E. J. Lowe - 2015 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 45 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Coarse-Grainedness of Grounding.Kathrin Koslicki - 2015 - Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 9:306-344.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Carnap and Ontological Pluralism.Matti Eklund - 2009 - In David John Chalmers, David Manley & Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press. pp. 130--56.
Ontology and Objectivity.Thomas Hofweber - 1999 - Dissertation, Stanford University
Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?Stephen Yablo - 1998 - Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 72 (1):229 - 283.
On Quine on Carnap on Ontology.Marc Alspector-Kelly - 2001 - Philosophical Studies 102 (1):93 - 122.
Carnap, Semantics and Ontology.Gregory Lavers - 2004 - Erkenntnis 60 (3):295-316.
Some Preliminaries to Ontology.Haack Susan - 1976 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 5 (4):457-474.
Ontology and Analysis.Douglas Edward Henslee - 1984 - Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Linguistig Frameworks and Metaphysical Questions.James W. Comman - 1964 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 7 (1-4):129 – 142.
Ontology, Analyticity, and Meaning : The Quine-Carnap Dispute.Scott Soames - 2009 - In David John Chalmers, David Manley & Ryan Wasserman (eds.), Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology. Oxford University Press. pp. 424--43.
Internal and External Questions About God.Robin Le Poidevin - 1995 - Religious Studies 31 (4):485-500.
Noneism, Ontology, and Fundamentality.Tatjana Von Solodkoff & Richard Woodward - 2013 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (3):558-583.
Piece for the End of Time: In Defence of Musical Ontology.Andrew Kania - 2008 - British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (1):65-79.


Added to PP index

Total views
243 ( #31,092 of 2,324,591 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
23 ( #28,809 of 2,324,591 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes