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Hardcover | $32.00 Short | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780262083768 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 1 figure, 3 tables| April 2008
Paperback | $17.00 Short | £11.95 | ISBN: 9780262513333 | 232 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 1 figure, 3 tables| August 2009

Austere Realism

Contextual Semantics Meets Minimal Ontology


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 commonsense 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 Matja

About the Author

Terence Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.


"Austere Realism is original, and written in a lucid style. Even a reader who disagrees with the authors' philosophical views will be sympathetic with, and benefit from their way of developing and defending these views. This book provides a serious challenge to a number of widespread fundamental tenets and positions and thus will give rise to discussions, thereby fostering progress in the entire field."
Maria E. Reicher, Institut fuer Philosophie, Austria

"Though Horgan and Potrč's ontological conclusions are radical, theirreasoning is impeccable and comes with a good dose of reflection on the bestway of choosing an ontology. This book is an important contribution to thegrowing literature in metametaphysics."
Josh Parsons, Philosophy Department, Otago University