Ontology Made Easy

2017.02.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Amie L. Thomasson, Ontology Made Easy, Oxford University Press, 2015, 345pp., $53.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199385119. Reviewed by
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2017.02.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Amie L. Thomasson, Ontology Made Easy, Oxford University Press, 2015, 345pp., $53.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199385119. Reviewed by Matti Eklund, Uppsala University Amie L. Thomasson lays out in a lively and clear fashion her preferred view on ontological questions, traces it back to Rudolf Carnap, and compares and contrasts the view with many competing views from the literature. The book is a continuation of earlier themes in Thomasson’s work, including her (2007) Ordinary Objects. But while she defends the same type of metaontological view here as in earlier work, there is not a huge amount of actual overlap, and Thomasson here discusses issues left open by, or only relatively briefly dealt with in, earlier discussions. I will mainly focus on Thomasson’s main claims and arguments, and critically discuss them. There is much else of value in the book. Among other things, she discusses how Carnap... Read. . .

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