In defence of existence questions

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Abstract

Do numbers exist? Do properties? Do possible worlds? Do fictional characters? Many metaphysicians spend time and effort trying to answer these and other questions about the existence of various entities. These inquiries have recently encountered opposition: a group of philosophers, drawing inspiration from Aristotle, have argued that many or all of the existence questions debated by metaphysicians can be answered trivially, and so are not worth debating. Our task is to defend existence questions from the neo-Aristotelians' attacks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-478
Number of pages19
JournalThe Monist
Volume97
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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