Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties

Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties

by Stephen Yablo

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Things is a collection of twelve essays by Stephen Yablo on metaphysics. He examines a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, he argues: there is nothing at issue in them. Several of the papers explore the metaontology of abstract objects, and more generally of objects that are 'preconceived', their principal features being settled already by their job-descriptions. He rejects standard forms of fictionalism, opting ultimately for a view that puts presupposition in the role normally played by pretense. Almost all of Yablo's published work on these topics is collected here, along with the previously unpublished 'Carving Content at the Joints'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199266494
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 323
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stephen Yablo is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Table of Contents

1. Identity, Essence, and Indiscernibility
2. Intrinsicness
3. Cause and Essence
4. De Facto Dependence
5. Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?
6. Apriority and Existence
7. Go Figure
8. Abstract Objects
9. The Myth of the Seven
10. Carving Content at the Joints
11. Must Existence -Questions Have Answers?
12. Non-Catastrophic Presupposition Failure

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