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The Ontology of Material Objects

Olson, E.T. (2002) The Ontology of Material Objects. Philosophical Books, 43 (4). pp. 292-299. ISSN 0031-8051


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[First paragraph] For a long time philosophers thought material objects were unproblematic. Or nearly so. There may have been a problem about what a material object is: a substance, a bundle of tropes, a compound of substratum and universals, a collection of sense-data, or what have you. But once that was settled there were supposed to be no further metaphysical problems about material objects. This illusion has now largely been dispelled. No one can get a Ph.D. in philosophy nowadays without encountering the puzzles of the ship of Theseus, the statue and the lump, the cat and its tail complement', amoebic fission, and others. These problems are especially pressing on the assumption that we ourselves are material objects.

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Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 14:00
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1...
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-0149.00271
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/730

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