The Structure of Objects

Hardcover | May 3, 2008

byKathrin Koslicki

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The objects we encounter in ordinary life and scientific practice - cars, trees, people, houses, molecules, galaxies, and the like - have long been a fruitful source of perplexity for metaphysicians. The Structure of Objects gives an original analysis of those material objects to which wetake ourselves to be committed in our ordinary, scientifically informed discourse. Koslicki focuses on material objects in particular, or, as metaphysicians like to call them "concrete particulars", i.e., objects which occupy a single region of space-time at each time at which they exist and whichhave a certain range of properties that go along with space-occupancy, such as weight, shape, color, texture, and temperature. The Structure of Objects focuses in particular on the question of how the parts of such objects, assuming that they have parts, are related to the wholes which theycompose.

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The objects we encounter in ordinary life and scientific practice - cars, trees, people, houses, molecules, galaxies, and the like - have long been a fruitful source of perplexity for metaphysicians. The Structure of Objects gives an original analysis of those material objects to which wetake ourselves to be committed in our ordinary,...

Kathrin Koslicki is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her interests are metaphysics, philosophy of language, and ancient Greek philosophy, particularly Aristotle.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:May 3, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Standard MereologyIntroduction1. The Standard Conception of Composition2. Ordinary Material Objects as Mereological Sums3. Composition as Non-Identity2. A Contemporary Structure-based Mereology4. A Different Kind of Whole3. Ancient Structure-Based Mereologies5. The Role of Structure in Plato's Mereological Writings6. Aristotle's Refinements of Plato's Theory4. An Alternative Structure-Based Theory7. Objects as Structured Wholes8. In Defense of Kinds9. StructureConclusionBibliographyIndex