Agnosticism about ontology

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Abstract

Let ‘ontological realism’ be the view that ontological issues are intelligible, that they are substantial, and that they are resolvable. Different philosophers use the phrase ‘ontological realism’ in different ways. We use it in a relatively weak, accommodating sense. Some philosophers, such as Ted Sider, use ‘ontological realism’ to designate the view that there is a single most natural quantifier meaning. That is not part of our use of the term. We wish to build into the phrase no more than the above characterization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods
EditorsChris Daly
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Pages158-175
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic) 9781137344557
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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