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Familiar Objects and their Shadows, Crawford L. Elder

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Familiar Objects and their Shadows
Title
Familiar Objects and their Shadows
Statement of responsibility
Crawford L. Elder
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Language
eng
Summary
"Most contemporary metaphysicians are sceptical about the reality of familiar objects such as dogs and trees, people and desks, cells and stars. They prefer an ontology of the spatially tiny or temporally tiny. Tiny microparticles 'dog-wise arranged' explain the appearance, they say, that there are dogs; microparticles obeying microphysics collectively cause anything that a baseball appears to cause; temporal stages collectively sustain the illusion of enduring objects that persist across changes. Crawford L. Elder argues that all such attempts to 'explain away' familiar objects project downwards, onto the tiny entities, structures and features of familiar objects themselves. He contends that sceptical metaphysicians are thus employing shadows of familiar objects, while denying that the entities which cast those shadows really exist. He argues that the shadows are indeed really there, because their sources - familiar objects - are mind-independently real"--
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Elder, Crawford,
Dewey number
111
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY
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  • Reality
  • Phenomenalism
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Metaphysics
  • Ontology
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Familiar Objects and their Shadows, Crawford L. Elder
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-199) and index
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mixed
Contents
Introduction -- Two false friends of an ontology of familiar objects -- Conventionalism as ontological relativism -- Realism about material objects: persistence, persistence conditions, and natural kinds -- Ontological preference for the temporally small -- Ontological preference for microphysical causes -- Ontological preference for the spatially small -- A third false friend of familiar objects: universal mereological composition -- Concluding Hegelian postscript -- Appendix: 'mutually interfering' dimensions of difference
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ocn707080464
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1 online resource (xi, 210 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781139010023
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
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Specific material designation
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(OCoLC)707080464
Label
Familiar Objects and their Shadows, Crawford L. Elder
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-199) and index
Color
mixed
Contents
Introduction -- Two false friends of an ontology of familiar objects -- Conventionalism as ontological relativism -- Realism about material objects: persistence, persistence conditions, and natural kinds -- Ontological preference for the temporally small -- Ontological preference for microphysical causes -- Ontological preference for the spatially small -- A third false friend of familiar objects: universal mereological composition -- Concluding Hegelian postscript -- Appendix: 'mutually interfering' dimensions of difference
Control code
ocn707080464
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 210 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781139010023
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)707080464

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