Material Constitution / Edition 1

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Overview

The only anthology available on material constitution, this book collects important recent work on well known puzzles in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. The extensive, clearly written introduction helps to make the essays accessible to a wide audience.

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Heller
Material Constitution has collected together many of the best and most important papers on the topic. This volume should find its way to the bookshelf of anyone working on the ontology of material objects.
Alvin Plantinga
A fine collection . . . Rea's introductory essay is absolutely top-notch.
Ernest Sosa
It [will] be a well- and often-used collection for a long time to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847683840
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 0.91 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rea is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 On Being in the Same Place at the Same Time 3
2 Spatially Coinciding Objects 10
3 Parthood and Identity Across Time 25
4 Constitution Is Not Identity 44
5 Subjects Among Other Things 63
6 Contingent Identity 93
7 Counterparts or Double Lives? (Selections) 126
8 Identity and Time 148
9 I Do Not Exist 175
10 The Doctrine of Arbitrary Undetached Parts 191
11 Identity through Time 209
12 Preserving the Principle of One Object to a Place: A Novel Account of the Relations Among Objects, Sorts, Sortals, and Persistence Conditions 236
13 Entities Without Identity 273
14 De Re Modality Entails De Re Vagueness 290
15 Reference and Generality (Selections) 305
16 Constitutivity and Identity 313
17 Temporal Parts of Four Dimensional Objects 320
Appendix A Formal Statement of the Problem 331
Select Bibliography 333
Index 343
About the Contributors 349
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