Easy Ontology, Quantification, and Realism
Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science
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Marschall, B. Easy Ontology, Quantification, and Realism. Synthese: an international journal for epistemology, methodology and philosophy of science https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.45805
Amie Thomasson has defended a view called Easy Ontology, according to which most ontological questions can be answered straightforwardly using conceptual truths and empirical knowledge. Furthermore, she claims that this deflationary meta-ontology does not commit her to any form of anti- realism. In this paper I identify a problem with Thomasson’s account of quantification, according to which everything we quantify over falls under a sortal. Thomasson’s defence of the easiness of answering ontological questions relies on a certain thesis about the hierarchical order of sortals, but the case for the compatibility of Easy Ontology and realism suggests that this thesis is actually false.
My research was supported by a studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a scholarship from the Cambridge Trust.
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