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I examine three ‘anti-object’ metaphysical views: nihilism (there are no objects at all), generalism (reality is ultimately qualitative), and anti-quantificationalism (quantification over objects does not perspicuously represent the world). After setting aside nihilism, I argue that generalists should be anti-quantificationalists. Along the way, I attempt to articulate what a ‘metaphysically perspicuous’ language might even be.
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Keywords: generalism; metaphysics; nihilism; ontology; quantifiers

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Southern California,

Publication date: 03 July 2018

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