Oup Usa (2014)

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Amie Thomasson
Dartmouth College
Amie Thomasson
Dartmouth College
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Existence questions have been topics for heated debates in metaphysics, but this book argues that they can often be answered easily, by trivial inferences from uncontroversial premises. This 'easy' approach to ontology leads to realism about disputed entities, and to the view that metaphysical disputes about existence questions are misguided.
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