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Amie L. Thomasson: Ontology made Easy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, xiii + 345 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-992838-5

Amie L. Thomasson: Ontology made Easy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, xiii + 345 pp. ISBN... Book Reviews Buchbesprechungen Amie L. Thomasson: Ontology made Easy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, xiii + 345 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-992838-5 Amie Thomasson’s Ontology made Easy (2015) aims to present an ‘easy’ approach to existence questions or for short: the Easy Approach. The relevant existence questions are further qualied as “ontological” – presumably in distinction to other kinds of existence questions. (The author announces a separate book on the Easy Approach to modal ques- tions; 11, fn. 7.) The Easy Approach is signicantly informed by Rudolf Carnap’s anti- metaphysical stance in several respects, but includes a different position with regard to some underlying linguistic options. More specically, ordinary language is unanimously accepted as the principal framework in which questions ought to be resolved. The book presents itself as opposing an ontological tradition which began with Quine or possibly with a misunderstanding (4–5, fn. 2; 13, fn. 8) of Quine. It is an important contribution to the ongoing metametaphysical debate as it relates several approaches to one another. The style allows the reader to grasp the main ideas easily but a thorough reading will encounter many problems in underlying assumptions. There are 10 chapters with another two unnumbered chapters (introduction and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Amie L. Thomasson: Ontology made Easy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, xiii + 345 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-992838-5

History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis , Volume 20 (1): 9 – Apr 5, 2017

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Book Reviews Buchbesprechungen Amie L. Thomasson: Ontology made Easy, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, xiii + 345 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-992838-5 Amie Thomasson’s Ontology made Easy (2015) aims to present an ‘easy’ approach to existence questions or for short: the Easy Approach. The relevant existence questions are further qualied as “ontological” – presumably in distinction to other kinds of existence questions. (The author announces a separate book on the Easy Approach to modal ques- tions; 11, fn. 7.) The Easy Approach is signicantly informed by Rudolf Carnap’s anti- metaphysical stance in several respects, but includes a different position with regard to some underlying linguistic options. More specically, ordinary language is unanimously accepted as the principal framework in which questions ought to be resolved. The book presents itself as opposing an ontological tradition which began with Quine or possibly with a misunderstanding (4–5, fn. 2; 13, fn. 8) of Quine. It is an important contribution to the ongoing metametaphysical debate as it relates several approaches to one another. The style allows the reader to grasp the main ideas easily but a thorough reading will encounter many problems in underlying assumptions. There are 10 chapters with another two unnumbered chapters (introduction and

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