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Things : papers on objects, events, and properties

Author: Stephen Yablo
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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"Things is a collection of twelve metaphysical essays by Stephen Yablo. The essays address a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, existence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, Yablo maintains; there is nothing at issue in them. Several of the papers explore the meta-ontology of abstract objects, and more generally of objects that are  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Yablo
ISBN: 9780199266487 0199266484 9780199266494 0199266492
OCLC Number: 1156746435
Description: 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Identity, essence, and indiscernibility --
Intrinsicness --
Cause and essence --
Advertisement for a sketch of an outline of a prototheory of causation --
Does ontology rest on a mistake? --
Apriority and existence --
Go figure : a path through fictionalism --
Abstract objects : a case study --
The myth of the seven --
Carving content at the joints --
Non-catastrophic presupposition failure --
Must existence-questions have answers?
Responsibility: Stephen Yablo.

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"Things is a collection of twelve metaphysical essays by Stephen Yablo. The essays address a range of first-order topics, including identity, coincidence, essence, existence, causation, and properties. Some first-order debates are not worth pursuing, Yablo maintains; there is nothing at issue in them. Several of the papers explore the meta-ontology of abstract objects, and more generally of objects that are 'preconceived', their principal features being settled already by their job descriptions. Yablo rejects standard forms of fictionalism, opting ultimately for a view that puts presupposition in the role normally played by pretense. Almost all of Yablo's published work on these topics is collected here, along with the previously unpublished 'Carving Content at the Joints'."--Page 4 of cover.

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