Material Beings
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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
  • 758,111

Review quote

"Commonplace things such as hawks and handsaws pose philosophical problems at least as imposing as those presented by abstract objects such as numbers and divine beings. Van Inwagen argues vigorously for the view that our world contains . . . only living organisms, the activity of whose various parts constitute a life and against psychological accounts of personal identity. This gives only a rough idea of the contents of this rich and rewarding book." Review of Metaphysics"show more

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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
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