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The Nature of Ordinary Objects

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Javier Cumpa, Bill Brewer, Alex Byrne, Thomas Hofweber, John Heil, Jonas Waechter, James Ladyman, Gary S. Rosenkrantz, Rory Madden, Peter van Inwagen, Simon J. Evnine, Lynne Rudder Baker, Amie L. Thomasson, Steven French
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  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107160095

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  • The metaphysics of ordinary objects is an increasingly vibrant field of study for philosophers. This volume gathers insights from a number of leading authors, who together tackle the central issues in contemporary debates about the subject. Their essays engage with topics including composition, persistence, perception, categories, images, artifacts, truthmakers, metaontology, and the relationship between the manifest and scientific images. Exploring the nature of everyday things, the contributors situate their arguments and the latest research against the background of the field's development. Moreover, many essays propose new ideas and approaches, looking ahead to the future of the metaphysical study of ordinary objects. Featuring numerous clearly explained examples and with thoughtful links drawn to other, related disciplines such as pragmatism, this wide-ranging volume fills a major gap in the literature and will be important for scholars working in metaphysics.

    • Explores major debates around the metaphysics of everyday objects
    • Leading authors discuss topics from perception and persistence to images and artifacts
    • Adopts cross-disciplinary approaches to this important topic, engaging with metaontology and pragmatism
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107160095
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: issues and options Javier Cumpa and Bill Brewer
    1. Perception and ordinary objects Alex Byrne
    2. Empirical evidence and the metaphysics of ordinary objects Thomas Hofweber
    3. Basic objects as grounds: a metaphysical manifesto Bill Brewer
    4. Objects, ordinary and otherwise John Heil
    5. In defence of ordinary objects and a naturalistic answer to the special composition question Jonas Waechter and James Ladyman
    6. Compound natural beings: varieties of compositional unity Gary S. Rosenkrantz
    7. How can thought select between coincident material things? Rory Madden
    8. Against analytic existence entailments Peter van Inwagen
    9. Mass production Simon J. Evnine
    10. Pragmatism, ontology and ordinary objects Lynne Rudder Baker
    11. What can global pragmatists say about ordinary objects? Amie L. Thomasson
    12. There are no such things as ordinary objects Steven French.

  • Editors

    Javier Cumpa, Universidad Complutense, Madrid
    Javier Cumpa is Senior Fellow in the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy at Complutense University of Madrid. His research focuses on metaphysics, and his work has been published in journals including Ratio, American Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophical Studies.

    Bill Brewer, King's College London
    Bill Brewer is Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. His research focuses on philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and epistemology. His publications include Perception and Reason (1999), Perception and Its Objects (2011), and numerous papers in journals and collections.


    Javier Cumpa, Bill Brewer, Alex Byrne, Thomas Hofweber, John Heil, Jonas Waechter, James Ladyman, Gary S. Rosenkrantz, Rory Madden, Peter van Inwagen, Simon J. Evnine, Lynne Rudder Baker, Amie L. Thomasson, Steven French

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