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The core of my research is in the history of analytic philosophy (in particular W. V. Quine) and metaphysics (in particular metametaphysics). I have argued that many of Quine's views about metaphysics need to be re-understood to capture their strength, and this re-understanding requires a very different attitude to metaphysics from the mainstream position. I have also recently been working on several related projects on the philosophy of games.
Alongside the direct parallels and contrasts between traditional narrative fiction and games, there lie certain partial analogies that provide their own insights. This article begins by examining a direct parallel between narrative fiction and games—the role of fictional reliefs and reality checks in shaping aesthetic engagement—before arguing that...
Several recent discussions of metaphysics disavow existence-questions, claiming that they are metaphysically uninteresting because trivially settled in the affirmative by Moorean facts. This is often given as a reason to focus metaphysical debate instead on questions of grounding. I argue that the strategy employed to undermine existence-questions...
Ontology After Carnap Edited by Stephan Blatti and Sandra Lapointe Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 241, £45 ISBN: 9780199661985 - Karl Egerton
Much recent work in metaontology challenges the so-called ‘Quinean tradition’ in metaphysics. Especially prominently, Amie Thomasson argues for a highly permissive ontology over ontologies which eliminate many entities. I am concerned with disputing not her ontological claim, but the methodology behind her rejection of eliminativism – I focus on or...
p>Much contemporary ontological inquiry takes place within the so-called ‘Quinean tradition’ but, given that some aspects of Quine’s project have been widely abandoned even by those who consider themselves Quineans, it is unclear what this amounts to. Fortunately recent work in metaontology has produced two relevant results here: a clearer characte...
Existence: Essays in Ontology. By Peter van Inwagen. Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 261, £18.99 ISBN: 9781107625266 - Volume 90 Issue 3 - Karl Egerton
I articulate a version of Quinean metaontology that pays close attention to important aspects of Quine's philosophical project like his naturalism and his views on ontological relativity. This builds on previous work that has questioned the dominant view of Quinean metaontology by more precisely exploring the principles required for a genuinely Quinean approach.