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Metaphysics of Everyday Life An Essay in Practical Realism

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ISBN-10: 0521880491

ISBN-13: 9780521880497

Edition: 2007

Authors: Lynne Rudder Baker

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In The Metaphysics of Everyday Life Lynne Rudder Baker presents and defends a unique account of the material world: the Constitution View. In contrast to leading metaphysical views that take everyday things to be either non-existent or reducible to micro-objects, the Constitution View construes familiar things as irreducible parts of reality. Although they are ultimately constituted by microphysical particles, everyday objects are neither identical to, nor reducible to, the aggregates of microphysical particles that constitute them. The result is genuine ontological diversity: people, bacteria, donkeys, mountains and microscopes are fundamentally different kinds of things - all constituted…    
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Book details

List price: $98.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 270
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Introduction
Beginning with the middle
Everyday Things
The reality of ordinary things
Artifacts
Human persons
The Everyday World
Commonsense causation
Metaphysical vagueness
Time
Metaphysical Underpinnings
Constitution revisited
Mereology and constitution
Three-dimensionalism defended
Five ontological issues