In James Miller (ed.), The Language of Ontology. Oxford University Press (forthcoming)

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Friederike Moltmann
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
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It is common in contemporary metaphysics to distinguish two levels of ontology: the ontology of ordinary objects and the ontology of fundamental reality. This papers argues that natural language reflects not only the ontology of ordinary objects, but also a language-driven ontology, which is involved in the mass-count distinction and part-structure-sensitive semantic selection, as well as perhaps the light ontology of pleonastic entities. The paper recasts my older theory of situated part structures without situations, making use of a primitive notion of unity.
Keywords ontology  plurals  mass-count distinction  mass nouns  natural language ontology  pleonastic entities
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