PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal

Article Title

Against metametaphysical semanticism


This paper presents a brief overview of meta-metaphysics and gives an account of why the various philosophers believe such a field exists, or ought to exist. The paper then discusses one particular approach in meta-metaphysical analysis as described by Eli Hirsch called semanticism and how it purports to resolve the problems within traditional metaphysics. Finally, it makes the case that Hirsch’s account utilizes first-order metaphysical assumptions in its argumentation and thus undermines its legitimacy as being part of an independent philosophical field.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Avram Hiller