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Austere Realism: Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology

Terence E. Horgan and Matjaž Potrč


This book describes and defends an 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. The chapters 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 pl ... More

Keywords: ontology, common-sense posits, truth, semantic correctness, semantic standards, austere realism, contextual semantics, semantically correct affirmability, indirect correspondence, austere ontologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262083768
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262083768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence E. Horgan, author

Matjaž Potrč, author