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The Fragmentation of Being
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The Fragmentation of Being

Kris McDaniel


This book attempts to answer some of the most fundamental questions in ontology. There are many kinds of beings but are there also many kinds of being? The world contains a variety of objects, each of which, let us provisionally assume, exists, but do some objects exist in different ways? Do some objects enjoy more being or existence than other objects? Are there different ways in which one object might enjoy more being than another? Most contemporary metaphysicians would answer “no” to each of these questions. So widespread is this consensus that the questions this book addresses are rarely e ... More

Keywords: ontological pluralism, modes of being, degrees of being, meta-ontology, fundamentality, substance, time, modality, absences, persons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198719656
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198719656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kris McDaniel, author
Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University