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Reality Making$
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Mark Jago

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755722.001.0001

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Object as a Determinable

Object as a Determinable

(p.121) 6 Object as a Determinable
Reality Making

Nicholas K. Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines an intriguing and largely explored conception of objecthood, inspired by David Wiggins. On this view, the notion of an individual object is a determinable: there are many different and incompatible ways of being an object, by being one or another determinate kind of object. The view is used to expose the metaphysical and conceptual presuppositions of more familiar conceptions of objecthood, by showing how it undermines the Quinean dichotomy of ontology and ideology. It is then argued that the view allows us to systematise and unify some core components of a broadly Aristotelian metaphysic, including restrictions on de re possibility, as well as non-modal notions of essence and real definition. The focus is exclusively on explicating a conception of objecthood; positive arguments for it must await another occasion.

Keywords:   essence, real definition, objecthood, Fine, determinates and determinables, Wiggins, ontology, de re possibility

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