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Description - Familiar Objects and their Shadows by Crawford L. Elder

Most contemporary metaphysicians are sceptical about the reality of familiar objects such as dogs and trees, people and desks, cells and stars. They prefer an ontology of the spatially tiny or temporally tiny. Tiny microparticles 'dog-wise arranged' explain the appearance, they say, that there are dogs; microparticles obeying microphysics collectively cause anything that a baseball appears to cause; temporal stages collectively sustain the illusion of enduring objects that persist across changes. Crawford L. Elder argues that all such attempts to 'explain away' familiar objects project downwards, onto the tiny entities, structures and features of familiar objects themselves. He contends that sceptical metaphysicians are thus employing shadows of familiar objects, while denying that the entities which cast those shadows really exist. He argues that the shadows are indeed really there, because their sources - familiar objects - are mind-independently real.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781107003231
ISBN-10: 1107003237
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Crawford L. Elder

Crawford L. Elder is Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at the University of Connecticut.

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Familiar Objects and their Shadows by Crawford L. Elder
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