Abstract for Button’s talk

Amie Thomasson’s Easy Ontology attempts to deflate metaphysics, by combining Carnapian ideas with an appeal to ordinary language. Eli Hirsch, too, combines Carnapian ideas with an appeal to ordinary language. My main aim in this paper is to critique such appeals to ordinary language. Focussing on Thomasson, I draw two very general conclusions. First: ordinary language is a wildly complicated phenomenon, so that embracing ordinary language will not make ontology easy. Second: a wide variety of existence questions cannot be deflated using ordinary language, easily or otherwise.