The Metaphysics of Everyday Life
An Essay in Practical Realism
By (author) Lynne Rudder Baker
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Metaphysics of Everyday Life by Lynne Rudder Baker
Book DescriptionLynne 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521880497
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lynne Rudder Baker
Naturalism and the First-person Perspective, Hardback (April 2013)
This book investigates the limits of scientific naturalism. It has three goals: (1) to show that no wholly impersonal account of reality can be adequate to all phenomena; (2) to formulate a nonCartesian account of the first-person perspective; (3) to develop a 'near-naturalism' that accommodates the world of our encounters and interactions.
Metaphysics of Everyday Life, Paperback (September 2009)
Lynne Rudder Baker presents a unique account of the material world: the Constitution View.
Persons and Bodies, Hardback (January 2000)
A detailed account of the relation between human persons and their bodies.
Explaining Attitudes, Paperback (January 1995)» View all books by Lynne Rudder Baker
Explaining Attitudes develops an account of propositional attitudes - practical realism.
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Author Biography - Lynne Rudder Baker
Lynne Rudder Baker is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Explaining Attitudes (Cambridge UP, 1995), Persons and Bodies (Cambridge UP, 2000), The Metaphysics of Everyday Life (Cambridge UP, 2007), and Saving Belief (Princeton UP, 1987).
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