David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (1993)
The central question in this book is why it seems reasonable for the words of our language to divide up the world in ordinary ways rather than other imaginable ways. Hirsch calls this the division problem. His book aims to bring this problem into sharp focus, to distinguish it from various related problems, and to consider the best prospects for solving it. In exploring various possible responses to the division problem, Hirsch examines series of "division principles" which purport to express rational constraints on how our words ought to classify and individuate. The ensuing discussion deals with a wide range of metaphysical and epistemological topics, including projectibility and similarity, alternative analyses of natural properties and things, the inscrutability of reference, and the relevance of such pragmatic notions as salience and economy. The final chapters of the book develop what Hirsch contends is the most promising response to the division problem: a theory in which constraints on classification and individuation are seen to derive from the necessary structure of "fine-grained" propositions and the necessary dependence of some concepts on others.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$4.50 used (93% off) $19.98 new (67% off) $54.00 direct from Amazon (10% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BD390.H57 1993|
|ISBN(s)||0195057546 0195111427 9780195057546 9780195111422|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Eli Hirsch (2008). Language, Ontology, and Structure. Noûs 42 (3):509-528.
Katherine Hawley (2005). Fission, Fusion and Intrinsic Facts. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 71 (3):602-621.
J. Robert G. Williams (2007). The Possibility of Onion Worlds: Rebutting an Argument for Structural Universals. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 85 (2):193 – 203.
Theodore Sider (2003). Maximality and Microphysical Supervenience. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 66 (1):139-149.
Stefan Dragulinescu (2010). Diseases as Natural Kinds. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 31 (5):347-369.
Similar books and articles
Peter Dickens (1996). Reconstructing Nature: Alienation, Emancipation, and the Division of Labour. Routledge.
Kathrin Koslicki (1997). Isolation and Non-Arbitrary Division: Frege's Two Criteria for Counting. Synthese 112 (3):403-430.
Eli Hirsch (1996). Review: Précis of Dividing Reality. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (1):199 - 202.
Annamaria Schiaparelli (2003). Aristotle on the Fallacies of Combination and Division in Sophistici Elenchi 4. History and Philosophy of Logic 24 (2):111-129.
Kevin Hetherington & Rolland Munro (eds.) (1997). Ideas of Difference: Social Spaces and the Labour of Division. Blackwell Publishers/the Sociological Review.
Eli Hirsch (1996). Précis of Dividing Reality. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (1):199-202.
P. Dullemeijer (1980). Dividing Biology Into Disciplines: Chaos or Multiformity? Acta Biotheoretica 29 (2).
Devin Henry (2012). A Sharp Eye for Kinds: Plato on Collection and Division. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 41 (January):229-55.
Fred D'Agostino (2009). From the Organization to the Division of Cognitive Labor. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 8 (1):101-129.
Motohide Saji (2009). On the Division Between Reason and Unreason in Kant. Human Studies 32 (2):201 - 223.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads47 ( #36,005 of 1,102,977 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #183,254 of 1,102,977 )
How can I increase my downloads?