This is a highly incomplete sketch of the methodology and history of ontology in the analytic tradition from Frege to Lewis.  It appeared as Chapter 16 of  Theories and Applications of Ontology Vol. 1 J. Seibt and R. Poli (eds.) New York: Springer. 349-394, 2010. You can read a penultimate version here:  Ontology and Methodology in Analytic Philosophy

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