By Theodore Sider
In a sequence of thought-provoking and unique essays, eighteen prime philosophers interact in head-to-head debates of 9 of the main innovative themes in modern metaphysics.
- Explores the basic questions in modern metaphysics in a sequence of eighteen unique essays - sixteen of that are newly commissioned for this quantity
- Features an introductory essay through the editors at the nature of metaphysics to organize the reader for ongoing discussions
- Offers readers the original chance to monitor top philosophers have interaction in head-to-head debate on state-of-the-art metaphysical themes
- Provides priceless insights into the flourishing box of up to date metaphysics
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Surely this can’t be an outright mistake. But, taken in the fundamental sense, (6b) and (7b), like (1) and (2), express substantive metaphysical claims – claims that would be false if there were, fundamentally speaking, only material objects. These controversial claims certainly do not follow analytically – just as a matter of meaning – from (6a) or (7a). 2 I conclude that (6b) and (7b) are standardly used non-fundamentally, to express something consistent with the claim that there are, in the fundamental sense, no numbers or properties.
Still, some philosophical disputes actually come down in print to questions about whether two basic, undefined, primitive objects and one basic, undefined, primitive relation are simpler than one primitive object and two primitive relations. Such considerations are surely much too fragile to support conclusions about the “ultimate nature of reality,” as if “What There Really Is” could come down to whether an account employs two primitive notions, rather than three. The fundamental ontological trade-off There is an even more fundamental trade-off that we face at every turn in philosophy, from ethics to philosophy of science to philosophy of mathematics to metaphysics.
Again, assuming that being round and being square are properties, are there also “disjunctive” properties like being round or square, or “conjunctive” properties like being round and square? Identity conditions If x and y are abstract objects, can we provide necessary and sufficient conditions for them being one and the same object (in the way that 2 and the positive square root of 4 are the same, but 2 and the negative square root of 4 are not)? In the case of numbers, we can typically answer specific questions of this sort by calculation or proof, but can we give general identity conditions that apply to all natural numbers in one fell swoop?