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Things: Papers on Objects, Events, and Properties

Stephen Yablo

Abstract

This book contains a collection of twelve metaphysical chapters that address a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, the book argues; there is nothing at issue in them. Several of the chapters explore the metaontology of abstract objects, and more generally of objects that are ‘preconceived’, their principal features being settled already by their job-descriptions. The book rejects standard forms of fictionalism, opting ultimately for a view that puts presupposition in the role normally ... More

Keywords: identity, essence, events, causation, preemption, counterfactuals, properties, metaphor, figurative speech, non-literal speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199266487
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266487.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Yablo, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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