In this short but wide-ranging monograph, Kenneth Taylor makes a case for a diminished role for semantics and linguistics in metaphysical theorizing. He argues for the broadly negative conclusion that considerations about language cannot tell us much about the fundamental nature of reality. One might think such a conclusion hardly worth stating, and yet the idea that we can discover metaphysical insights by investigating language has had a remarkably tenacious grip on the field of metaphysics. This is a topic that has received increasing attention from metaphysicians, many arguing for the same conclusion as Taylor (see, e.g., Heil 2003; Dyke 2008.) Taylor’s novel contribution is that he approaches the issue from the perspective of semantics rather than metaphysics, which reveals insights that metaphysicians should acknowledge.

Taylor pitches his coverage of this issue at a fairly high level of abstraction and generality, acknowledging that much more can be said at a...

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