Ontology, Reference, and the Qua Problem: Amie Thomasson on Existence

Axiomathes 23 (3):543-550 (2013)
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I argue that Amie Thomasson’s recent theory of the methodology to be applied to find the truth-conditions for claims of existence faces serious objections. Her account is based on Devitt and Sterelny’s solution to the qua problem for theories of reference fixing; however, such a solution cannot be also applied to analyze existential claims
Keywords Ontology  Existence  Reference  Amie Thomasson  Metaphysics
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-011-9172-x
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Varieties of Reference.Gareth Evans - 1982 - Oxford University Press.
Ordinary Objects.Amie L. Thomasson - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Designation.Michael Devitt - 1981 - Columbia University Press.

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