, Volume 140, Issue 1, pp 1-18
Date: 01 Apr 2008

Truthmakers and ontological commitment: or how to deal with complex objects and mathematical ontology without getting into trouble

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Abstract

What are the ontological commitments of a sentence? In this paper I offer an answer from the perspective of the truthmaker theorist that contrasts with the familiar Quinean criterion. I detail some of the benefits of thinking of things this way: they include making the composition debate tractable without appealing to a neo-Carnapian metaontology, making sense of neo-Fregeanism, and dispensing with some otherwise recalcitrant necessary connections.