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andlt;Pandgt;The authors of Austere Realism describe and defend a provocative ontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal or austere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statements employing such posits are nonetheless true, when truth is understood to be semantic correctness under contextually operative semantic standards. Terence Horgan and Matjaz [hacek over z] Potrc [hacek over c] argue that austere realism emerges naturally from consideration of the deep problems within the naive common-sense approach to truth and ontology. They offer an account of truth that confronts these deep internal problems and is independently plausible: contextual semantics, which asserts that truth is semantically correct affirmability. Under contextual semantics, much ordinary and scientific thought and discourse is true because its truth is indirect correspondence to the world. After offering further arguments for austere realism and addressing objections to it, Horgan and Potrc [hacek over c] consider various alternative austere ontologies. They advance a specific version they call andquot;blobjectivismandquot;--the view that the right ontology includes only one concrete particular, the entire cosmos (andquot;the blobjectandquot;), which, although it has enormous local spatiotemporal variability, does not have any proper parts. The arguments in Austere Realism are powerfully made and concisely and lucidly set out. The authors' contentions and their methodological approach--products of a decade-long collaboration--will generate lively debate among scholars in metaphysics, ontology, and philosophy. Terence E. Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Matjaz [hacek over z] Potrc [hacek over c] is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.andlt;/Pandgt;

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A provocative ontological-cum-semantic position asserting that the right ontology is austere in its exclusion of numerous common-sense and scientific posits and that many statements employing such posits are nonetheless true.

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andlt;Pandgt;A provocative ontological-cum-semantic position asserting that the right ontology is austere in its exclusion of numerous common-sense and scientific posits and that many statements employing such posits are nonetheless true.andlt;/Pandgt;

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The authors of Austere Realism describe and defend a provocativeontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal oraustere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statementsemploying such posits are nonetheless true, when truth is understood to be semanticcorrectness under contextually operative semantic standards. Terence Horgan andMatjaz hacek over z] Potrc hacek over c] argue that austere realism emergesnaturally from consideration of the deep problems within the naive common-senseapproach to truth and ontology. They offer an account of truth that confronts thesedeep internal problems and is independently plausible: contextual semantics, whichasserts that truth is semantically correct affirmability. Under contextualsemantics, much ordinary and scientific thought and discourse is true because itstruth is indirect correspondence to the world. After offering further arguments foraustere realism and addressing objections to it, Horgan and Potrc hacek over c]consider various alternative austere ontologies. They advance a specific versionthey call blobjectivism--the view that the right ontology includes onlyone concrete particular, the entire cosmos (the blobject), which, although it has enormous local spatiotemporal variability, does not have any properparts. The arguments in Austere Realism are powerfully made and concisely andlucidly set out. The authors' contentions and their methodologicalapproach--products of a decade-long collaboration--will generate lively debate amongscholars in metaphysics, ontology, and philosophy. Terence E. Horgan is Professor ofPhilosophy at the University of Arizona. Matjaz hacek over z] Potrc hacek over c]is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.

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The authors of Austere Realism describe and defend a provocative ontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal or austere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statements employing such posits are nonetheless true, when truth is understood to be semantic correctness under contextually operative semantic standards. Terence Horgan and Matjaz [hacek over z] Potrc [hacek over c] argue that austere realism emerges naturally from consideration of the deep problems within the naive common-sense approach to truth and ontology. They offer an account of truth that confronts these deep internal problems and is independently plausible: contextual semantics, which asserts that truth is semantically correct affirmability. Under contextual semantics, much ordinary and scientific thought and discourse is true because its truth is indirect correspondence to the world. After offering further arguments for austere realism and addressing objections to it, Horgan and Potrc [hacek over c] consider various alternative austere ontologies. They advance a specific version they call "blobjectivism"--the view that the right ontology includes only one concrete particular, the entire cosmos ("the blobject"), which, although it has enormous local spatiotemporal variability, does not have any proper parts. The arguments in Austere Realism are powerfully made and concisely and lucidly set out. The authors' contentions and their methodological approach--products of a decade-long collaboration--will generate lively debate among scholars in metaphysics, ontology, and philosophy. Terence E. Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Matjaz [hacek over z] Potrc [hacek over c] is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.

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"Synopsis" by , A provocative ontological-cum-semantic position asserting that the right ontology is austere in its exclusion of numerous common-sense and scientific posits and that many statements employing such posits are nonetheless true.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;A provocative ontological-cum-semantic position asserting that the right ontology is austere in its exclusion of numerous common-sense and scientific posits and that many statements employing such posits are nonetheless true.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , The authors of Austere Realism describe and defend a provocativeontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal oraustere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statementsemploying such posits are nonetheless true, when truth is understood to be semanticcorrectness under contextually operative semantic standards. Terence Horgan andMatjaz hacek over z] Potrc hacek over c] argue that austere realism emergesnaturally from consideration of the deep problems within the naive common-senseapproach to truth and ontology. They offer an account of truth that confronts thesedeep internal problems and is independently plausible: contextual semantics, whichasserts that truth is semantically correct affirmability. Under contextualsemantics, much ordinary and scientific thought and discourse is true because itstruth is indirect correspondence to the world. After offering further arguments foraustere realism and addressing objections to it, Horgan and Potrc hacek over c]consider various alternative austere ontologies. They advance a specific versionthey call blobjectivism--the view that the right ontology includes onlyone concrete particular, the entire cosmos (the blobject), which, although it has enormous local spatiotemporal variability, does not have any properparts. The arguments in Austere Realism are powerfully made and concisely andlucidly set out. The authors' contentions and their methodologicalapproach--products of a decade-long collaboration--will generate lively debate amongscholars in metaphysics, ontology, and philosophy. Terence E. Horgan is Professor ofPhilosophy at the University of Arizona. Matjaz hacek over z] Potrc hacek over c]is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.
"Synopsis" by , The authors of Austere Realism describe and defend a provocative ontological-cum-semantic position, asserting that the right ontology is minimal or austere, in that it excludes numerous common-sense posits, and that statements employing such posits are nonetheless true, when truth is understood to be semantic correctness under contextually operative semantic standards. Terence Horgan and Matjaz [hacek over z] Potrc [hacek over c] argue that austere realism emerges naturally from consideration of the deep problems within the naive common-sense approach to truth and ontology. They offer an account of truth that confronts these deep internal problems and is independently plausible: contextual semantics, which asserts that truth is semantically correct affirmability. Under contextual semantics, much ordinary and scientific thought and discourse is true because its truth is indirect correspondence to the world. After offering further arguments for austere realism and addressing objections to it, Horgan and Potrc [hacek over c] consider various alternative austere ontologies. They advance a specific version they call "blobjectivism"--the view that the right ontology includes only one concrete particular, the entire cosmos ("the blobject"), which, although it has enormous local spatiotemporal variability, does not have any proper parts. The arguments in Austere Realism are powerfully made and concisely and lucidly set out. The authors' contentions and their methodological approach--products of a decade-long collaboration--will generate lively debate among scholars in metaphysics, ontology, and philosophy. Terence E. Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona. Matjaz [hacek over z] Potrc [hacek over c] is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.
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