Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties

Paperback | November 21, 2010

byStephen Yablo

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Things is a collection of twelve essays by Stephen Yablo on metaphysics. He examines a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, he argues: there is nothing at issue in them. Several of thepapers explore the metaontology of abstract objects, and more generally of objects that are 'preconceived', their principal features being settled already by their job-descriptions. He rejects standard forms of fictionalism, opting ultimately for a view that puts presupposition in the role normallyplayed by pretense. Almost all of Yablo's published work on these topics is collected here, along with the previously unpublished 'Carving Content at the Joints'.

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Things is a collection of twelve essays by Stephen Yablo on metaphysics. He examines a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, he argues: there is nothing at issue in them. Several of thepapers explore the metaontology of abstract...

Stephen Yablo is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:November 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Identity, Essence, and Indiscernibility2. Intrinsicness3. Cause and Essence4. De Facto Dependence5. Does Ontology Rest on a Mistake?6. Apriority and Existence7. Go Figure8. Abstract Objects9. The Myth of the Seven10. Carving Content at the Joints11. Must Existence -Questions Have Answers?12. Non-Catastrophic Presupposition Failure