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Substance among Other Categories

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ISBN-10: 0521039657

ISBN-13: 9780521039659

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joshua Hoffman, Gary S. Rosenkrantz

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This book revives a neglected but important topic in philosophy: the nature of substance. The belief that there are individual substances, for example, material objects and persons, is at the core of our common-sense view of the world yet many metaphysicians deny the very coherence of the concept of substance. The authors develop an account of what an individual substance is in terms of independence from other beings. In the process many other important ontological categories are explored: property, event, space, time. The authors show why alternative theories of substance fail, and go on to defend the intelligibility (though not the existence) of interacting spiritual and material…    
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Book details

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.47" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Substance and other categories
Historically prominent accounts of substance
Collectionist theories of substance
The independence criterion of substance
Souls and bodies
The concrete-abstract distinction
Continuous space and time and their parts: a defense of an Aristotelian account