Material Beings

Material Beings

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According to Peter van Inwagen, visible inanimate objects do not, strictly speaking, exist. In defending this controversial thesis, he offers fresh insights on such topics as personal identity, commonsense belief, existence over time, the phenomenon of vagueness, and the relation between metaphysics and ordinary language.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Cornell University Press
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1st New edition
  • 9
  • 0801483069
  • 9780801483066
  • 771,292

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The topic of this book is material objects. Like most interesting concepts, the concept of a material object is one without precise boundaries. A thing is a material object if it occupies space and endures through time and can move about in space (literally move about, unlike a shadow or a wave or a reflection) and has a surface, and has a mass and is made of a certain stuff or stuffs.show more

Review quote

"A fascinating, densely argued, and highly original book on the metaphysics of material objects. The objections van Inwagen raises to the standard views on material parthood are not easily answered. Moreover, his examination of the topic of personal identity is a significant contribution to the philosophy of the mind."--Philosophical Reviewshow more

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