Things : Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties

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Things is a collection of twelve metaphysical essays by Stephen Yablo. The essays address a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, existence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, Yablo maintains; 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. Yablo 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 Almost all of Yablo's published work on these topics is collected here, along with the previously unpublished 'Carving Content at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'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 334 pages
  • 157 x 236 x 20mm | 512g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199266492
  • 9780199266494
  • 1,213,195

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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About Stephen Yablo

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