The Metaphysics of Hyperspace

Paperback | July 17, 2008

byHud Hudson

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Hud Hudson offers a fascinating examination of philosophical reasons to believe in hyperspace. He begins with some stage-setting discussions, offering his analysis of the term 'material object', noting his adherence to substantivalism, confessing his sympathies regarding principles ofcomposition and decomposition, identifying his views on material simples, material gunk, and the persistence of material objects, and preparing the reader for later discussions with introductory remarks on eternalism, modality and recombination, vagueness, bruteness, and the epistemic role ofintuitions. The subsequent chapters are loosely organized around the theme of hyperspace. Hudson explores nontheistic reasons to believe in hyperspace in chapter 1 (e.g. reasons arising from reflection on incongruent counterparts and fine-tuning arguments), theistic reasons in chapter 7 (e.g.reasons arising from reflection on theistic puzzles known as the problem of the best and the problem of evil), and some distinctively Christian reasons in chapter 8 (e.g. reasons arising from reflection on traditional Christian themes such as heaven and hell, the Garden of Eden, angels and demons,and new testament miracles). In the intervening chapters, Hudson inquires into a variety of puzzles in the metaphysics of material objects that are either generated by the hypothesis of hyperspace, focusing on the topics of mirror determinism and mirror incompatibilism, or else informed by thehypothesis of hyperspace, with discussions of receptacles, boundaries, contact, occupation, and superluminal motion. Anyone engaged with contemporary metaphysics will find much to stimulate them here.

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Hud Hudson offers a fascinating examination of philosophical reasons to believe in hyperspace. He begins with some stage-setting discussions, offering his analysis of the term 'material object', noting his adherence to substantivalism, confessing his sympathies regarding principles ofcomposition and decomposition, identifying his views...

Hud Hudson is Professor of Philosophy at Western Washington University

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.54 inPublished:July 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199549257

ISBN - 13:9780199549252

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Concerning some philosophical reasons to believe in hyperspace2. Receptacles: hosts and guests3. Contact and boundaries4. Extended simples and diachoric identity5. Superluminal motion and superluminal causation6. Mirror determinism and mirror incompatibilism7. Hyperspace and theism8. Hyperspace and Christianity

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`Review from previous edition Hudson is a master at making sophisticated work in metaphysics accessible and engaging without sacrificing rigor'Cody Gilmore, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews