Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity by David WigginsContinuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity by David Wiggins

Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity

byDavid Wiggins

Hardcover | December 10, 2016

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This volume gathers twelve essays by David Wiggins in an area where his work has been particularly influential. Among the subjects treated are: persistence of a substance through change, the notion of a continuant, the logic of identity, the co-occupation of space by a continuant and itsmatter, the relation of person to human organism, the metaphysical idea of a person, the status of artefacts, the relation of the three-dimensional and four-dimensional conceptions of reality, and the nomological underpinning of sortal classification. From a much larger body of work the author has selected, edited or annotated, and variously shortened or extended eleven pieces. He has added an Introduction and one completely new essay, on the philosophy of biology and the role there of the idea of process. The collection begins with an essaypostdating his Sameness and Substance Renewed (2001), which amends and upstages his earlier presentation of his sortalist conception of identity. In subsequent essays and the introduction Wiggins examines the contributions to these subjects made by Heraclitus, Aristotle, Leibniz, Roderick Chisholm,Hilary Putnam, Sydney Shoemaker, Michael Ayers, Saul Kripke, W. V. Quine, David Lewis, Fei Xu, and others.
David Wiggins was born in London in 1933 and educated at St Paul's School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was chiefly devoted to Greek and Roman literature, and history and philosophy, both ancient and modern. He was a Civil Servant in the Colonial Office, 1955-6. A Proctor Visiting Fellow at Princeton in 1956-7, Wiggins went o...
Title:Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their IdentityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:December 10, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Identity, Individuation and Substance2. On Being in the Same Place at the Same Time3. Substance4. The Person as Object of Science, as Subject of Experience, and as Locus of Value5. Sameness, Substance and the Human Animal6. Heraclitus' Conceptions of Flux, Fire and Material Persistence7. The Concept of the Subject Contains the Concept of the Predicate8. Putnam's Doctrine of Natural Kind Words and Frege's Doctrines of Sense, Reference, and Extension: Can They Coherea?9. The De Re Must, Individuative Essentialism and the Necessity of Identity10. Mereological Essentialism: Asymmetrical Essential Dependence and the Nature of Continuants11. Sortal Concepts: A Reply To Xu12. Activity, Process, Continuant, Substance, Organism