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Ontology Without Borders

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2018.02.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jody Azzouni, Ontology Without Borders, Oxford University Press, 2017, 320pp., $74.00, ISBN 9780190622558. Reviewed by Daniel Z. Korman, University of California, Santa Barbara Jody Azzouni’s book touches on a number of important themes in ontology and metaontology. Azzouni challenges the view that ontological commitments can be read off of what is quantified over in ordinary discourse or in our best theories. He criticizes Eli Hirsch’s and Amie Thomasson’s deflationary accounts of ontological debate, as well as Thomas Hofweber’s view that quantifiers are polysemous, having both a heavyweight and a lightweight sense. He challenges the use of indispensability arguments and Ockham’s razor in resolving ontological debates. And he develops a sparse ontology, in the spirit of John Hawthorne and Andrew Cortens (1995), on which there are no objects “in the world” — either macroscopic or microscopic — but only a. . .

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