Nathan Wildman Universität Hamburg
About me
I am a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter for Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schnieder in the Philosophy Department at the University of Hamburg. I’m also a member of the Phlox Research Group, the SNF-funded project Grounding – Metaphysics, Science, and Logic, and the Emmy Noether project Ontology after Quine: Fictionalism and Fundamentality. Before coming to Hamburg, I was a PhD student in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. And before *that*, I did my BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I muck around, mostly thinking about essence, modality, substance, and other metaphysical things, though I also have interests in e.g. fiction, video games, anti/realism, and pacifism.
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    Nathan Wildman (2015). Load Bare-Ing Particulars. Philosophical Studies 172 (6):1419-1434.
    Bare particularism is a constituent ontology according to which substances—concrete, particular objects like people, tables, and tomatoes—are complex entities constituted by their properties and their bare particulars. Yet, aside from this description, much about bare particularism is fundamentally unclear. In this paper, I attempt to clarify this muddle by elucidating the key metaphysical commitments underpinning any plausible formulation of the position. So the aim here is primarily catechismal rather than evangelical—I don’t intend to convert anyone to bare particularism, but, by (...)
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    Nathan Wildman (2014). Writing the Book of the World, by Theodore Sider. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2011, Xiv + 318 Pp. ISBN 978‐0‐19‐969790‐8 $55.00. [REVIEW] European Journal of Philosophy 22:e21-e25.
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    Nathan Wildman (2013). Modality, Sparsity, and Essence. Philosophical Quarterly 63 (253):760-782.
    Rather infamously, Kit Fine provided a series of counter-examples which purport to show that attempts to understand essence in terms of metaphysical necessity are ‘fundamentally misguided’. Here, my aim is to put forward a new version of modalism that is, I argue, immune to Fine's counter-examples. The core of this new modalist account is a sparseness restriction, such that an object's essential properties are those sparse properties it has in every world in which it exists. After first motivating this sparseness (...)
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    Nathan Wildman (2012). Familiar Objects and Their Shadows. By Crawford L. Elder. (Cambridge UP, 2011. Pp. Xi + 210. Price £50.00, $85.00 H/B.). [REVIEW] Philosophical Quarterly 62 (246):195-197.
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