Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

5/1/2002 - 9/30/2002

Funding Totals

$5,000.00 (approved)
$5,000.00 (awarded)

The Existence of Ordinary Objects: A Philosophical Inquiry

FAIN: FT-46981-02

Amie L. Thomasson
Trustees of Dartmouth College (Coral Gables, FL 33146-2919)

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Associated Products

Metaphysical arguments against ordinary objects (Article)
Title: Metaphysical arguments against ordinary objects
Author: Amie L. Thomasson
Abstract: Several prominent attacks on the objects of 'folk ontology' argue that these would be omitted from a scientific ontology, or would be 'rivals' of scientific objects for their claims to be efficacious, occupy space, be composed of parts, or possess a range of other properties. I examine these arguments and argue that they share a common problem: applying conjunctive principles to cases in which the claims conjoined are not analytically independent. This unified diagnosis provides a way of defending ordinary objects against these common objections, while also yielding warnings about certain uses of general conjunctive principles.
Year: 2006
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Philosophical Quarterly
Publisher: Blackwell