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Substance among Other Categories : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - Joshua Hoffman

Substance among Other Categories

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Hardcover Published: 25th November 1994
ISBN: 9780521461016
Number Of Pages: 212

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This book revives a neglected but important topic in philosophy: the nature of substance. The belief that there are individual substances, for example, material objects and persons, is at the core of our common-sense view of the world yet many metaphysicians deny the very coherence of the concept of substance. The authors develop a novel account of what an individual substance is in terms of independence from other beings. In the process many other important ontological categories are explored: property, event, space, time. The authors show why alternative theories of substance fail, and go on to defend the intelligibility (though not the existence) of interacting spiritual and material substances.

"The approach here is analytic, the style very clear and readable". Choice "Substance Among Other Categories is a useful essay in contemporary metaphysics. It would make interesting reading for graduate students and philosophers interested in the question of what substance is." Charlotte Witt, The Philosophical Review

Substance and other categories
Historically prominent accounts of substance
Collectionist theories of substance
The independence criterion of substance
Souls and bodies
The concrete-abstract distinction
Continuous space and time and their parts: a defense of an Aristotelian account
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ISBN: 9780521461016
ISBN-10: 0521461014
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 25th November 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.42