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Making objects and events : a hylomorphic theory of artifacts, actions, and organisms

Author: Simon Evnine
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2016
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Simon J. Evnine explores the view that some objects have matter from which they are distinct but that this distinctness is not due to the existence of anything like a form. He argues that objects must be understood in relation to how they come to exist and what their functions are, and applies his account to artifacts, organisms, and actions.
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Evnine, Simon.
Making objects and events.
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015959279
(OCoLC)936350801
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Evnine
ISBN: 9780191085246 0191085243 9780191825989 0191825980
OCLC Number: 953695062
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Contents: Cover; Making Objects and Events: A Hylomorphic Theory of Artifacts, Actions, and Organisms; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; Epigraph; 1: Hylomorphism and its Related Metaphysics; 1.1 Some Varieties of Hylomorphism; 1.1.1 A sufficient but minimal condition for hylomorphism; 1.1.2 Aristotelian hylomorphism; 1.1.3 Principle-based hylomorphism; 1.2 Amorphic Hylomorphism; 1.2.1 A brief overview; 1.2.2 The methodological priority of matter to complex object; 1.2.3 The metabolic priority of a complex object to its matter; 1.2.4 Artifacts; 1.2.5 Historical ontology; 1.2.6 Vagueness 1.3 Mereology1.4 Three- and Four-Dimensionalism; 2: Some Contemporary Varieties of Hylomorphism; 2.1 Judith Thomson; 2.1.1 An initial non-hylomorphic definition of constitution; 2.1.2 A subsequent hylomorphic definition of constitution; 2.2 Lynne Baker; 2.2.1 Baker's definition of constitution; 2.2.2 Problems with Baker's definition; 2.3 Kit Fine; 2.3.1 Qua objects and rigid embodiments; 2.3.2 Variable embodiments; 2.3.3 Ontological inflation; 2.3.4 Which object is which?; 2.3.5 Matter and parthood; 2.3.6 Functions and extensionalism; 2.3.7 Rules and artifacts 3: Artifacts: The Basic Metaphysics3.1 Artifacts; 3.2 Making and Making out of; 3.2.1 The process of making; 3.2.2 The matter relation and making out of; 3.2.3 The grounding problem; 3.3 Morphic Construals; 3.3.1 A Marxist theory of artifacts; 3.3.2 Qua objects and variable embodiments again; 3.4 Questions of Identity; 3.4.1 Individual essence and the necessity of origin; 3.4.2 Mass production; 3.4.3 Individuation; 3.4.4 Identity over time: the Ship of Theseus; 3.5 Speaking and Thinking Things into Existence; 3.5.1 Speaking or thinking into existence objects of a given kind 3.5.2 Making it the case that there are Ks4: Artifacts: Functions, Artworks, and Abstract Artifacts; 4.1 Functions, Intentions, and Prototypes; 4.1.1 How do artifacts acquire their functions?; 4.1.2 Failure; 4.1.3 Do all artifacts have kind-dependent functions?; 4.2 Thomson's Artifact Thesis; 4.3 Works of Art; 4.4 Abstract Artifacts; 4.4.1 Musical works; 4.4.2 Fictional characters; 4.4.3 Languages; 5: Organisms; 5.1 Organisms and Artifacts in Aristotle; 5.2 An Artifactual Model of the Creation of Organisms in Sexual Reproduction; 5.2.1 The agents in sexual reproduction 5.2.2 The matter in sexual reproduction5.2.3 Identity conditions for organisms; 5.3 Teleology; 5.3.1 Functions of organism parts; 5.3.2 Whole organisms; 5.3.3 The (conditional) necessity of evolution; 5.3.4 Animal artifacts; 5.4 Organisms and Principle-Based Hylomorphism; 6: Natural Non-Organic Objects; 6.1 The Case for Rejection; 6.1.1 The methodological priority of matter to hylomorphically complex object; 6.1.2 Spelke objects; 6.1.3 The scope of the rejection; 6.2 Arguments for NNOs; 6.2.1 Universalism; 6.2.2 Conceptualism; 6.2.3 Ontological minimalism; 6.3 Fictionalism; 6.3.1 The view
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