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The Metaphysics of Everyday Life
An Essay in Practical Realism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: September 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120296

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  • 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 by, but not identical to, aggregates of particles. Baker supports her account with discussions of non-reductive causation, vagueness, mereology, artefacts, three-dimensionalism, ontological novelty, ontological levels and emergence. The upshot is a unified ontological theory of the entire material world that irreducibly contains people, as well as non-human living things and inanimate objects.

    • Presents a unique account of the material world which construes familiar things as irreducible parts of reality
    • Discusses timely metaphysical problems in a clearly written way
    • Offers arguments against dominant positions on causation, four-dimensionalism, artefacts and vagueness
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    • Date Published: September 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120296
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Beginning with the middle
    Part I. Everyday Things:
    2. The reality of ordinary things
    3. Artifacts
    4. Human persons
    Part II. The Everyday World:
    5. Commonsense causation
    6. Metaphysical vagueness
    7. Time
    Part III. Metaphysical Underpinnings:
    8. Constitution revisited
    9. Mereology and constitution
    10. Three-dimensionalism defended
    11. Five ontological issues.

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    Lynne Rudder Baker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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