New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology
This volume investigates the status and ambitions of metaphysics as a discipline. It brings together many of the central figures in the debate with their most recent work on the semantics, epistemology, and methodology of metaphysics.
1. Introduction: A Guided Tour of Metametaphysics; 2. Composition, Colocation, and Metaontology; 3. Ontological Anti-Realism; 4. Carnap and Ontological Pluralism; 5. The Question of Ontology; 6. The Metaontology of Abstraction; 7. Superficialism in Ontology; 8. Ontology and Alternative Languages; 9. Ambitious, Yet Modest, Metaphysics; 10. Ways of Being; 11. Metaphysics after Carnap: The Ghost Who Walks?; 12. On What Grounds What; 13. Ontological Realism; 14. Ontology, Analyticity, and Meaning: The Quine-Carnap Dispute; 15. Answerable and Unanswerable Questions; 16. Being, Existence, and Ontological Commitment; 17. Must Existence-Questions Have Answers?