Sider's Ontologese Introduction Instructions
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Wrigley, W. (2018). Sider's Ontologese Introduction Instructions. Theoria (Sweden), 84 (4), 295-308. https://doi.org/10.1111/theo.12153
In response to Hirsch's deflationary arguments, Sider attempts to introduce a special Ontologese quantifier to preserve the substantivity of fundamental debates in metaphysics. He claims that this strategy can be effected by two distinct means, one of which is a list of instructions for metaphysicians, which he argues suffice to give the new quantifier a meaning that carves nature at the joints. I argue that these instructions will not allow someone to start speaking Ontologese if their prior language is sufficiently deviant with respect to it, and that natural languages may be in just such a position.
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