Hirsch's Attack on Ontologese

Noûs 48 (3):565-572 (2014)
Eli Hirsch has argued in many places that non-commonsensical ontological claims just couldn't be true, since there is strong metasemantic pressure to charitably interpret natural language---correct interpretations must, unless all else is highly unequal, count a sentence (especially a perceptual sentence) as true if ordinary speakers regard it as being obviously true. In previous work I replied that ontologists can stipulatively introduce a new language, "Ontologese", that is exempt from this pressure toward charity. Hirsch has recently objected to this proposal; this paper is my reply.
Keywords Hirsch  Ontologese  Meta-ontology
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2012.00868.x
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