David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2011)
In order to perfectly describe the world, it is not enough to speak truly. In this ambitious and ground-breaking book, Theodore Sider argues that for a representation to be fully successful, truth is not enough; the representation must also use the right concepts--concepts that 'carve at the joints'--so that its conceptual structure matches reality's structure. There is an objectively correct way to 'write the book of the world'. Sider's argument begins from the assertion that metaphysics is about the fundamental structure of reality. Not about what's necessarily true; not about what properties are essential; not about conceptual analysis; and not about what there is. While inquiry into necessity, essence, concepts, or ontology might help to illuminate reality's structure, the ultimate goal is insight into this structure. Sider argues that part of the theory of structure is an account of how structure connects to other concepts. For example, structure can be used to illuminate laws of nature, explanation, reference, induction, physical geometry, substantivity, conventionality, objectivity, and metametaphysics. Another part is an account of how structure behaves. Since structure is a way of thinking about fundamentality, Sider's account implies distinctive answers to questions about the nature of fundamentality. These answers distinguish his theory of structure from other recent theories of fundamentality, including Kit Fine's theory of ground and reality, the theory of truthmaking, and Jonathan Schaffer's theory of ontological dependence.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$19.77 used (65% off) $30.61 new (46% off) $52.49 direct from Amazon (7% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BD111.S5484 2011|
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
Karen Bennett (2011). By Our Bootstraps. Philosophical Perspectives 25 (1):27-41.
T. Parent (2013). Ontic Terms and Metaontology, Or: On What There Actually Is. Philosophical Studies (2):1-16.
Daniel Z. Korman (2015). Fundamental Quantification and the Language of the Ontology Room. Noûs 49 (2):298-321.
L. A. Paul (2012). Building the World From its Fundamental Constituents. Philosophical Studies 158 (2):221-256.
James Ladyman (2012). Science, Metaphysics and Method. Philosophical Studies 160 (1):31-51.
Similar books and articles
Nurbay Irmak (2013). The Privilege of the Physical and the Status of Ontological Debates. Philosophical Studies 166 (1 Supplement):1-18.
Gabriele Contessa (2013). Does Your Metaphysics Need Structure? Analysis 73 (4):715-721.
Frank Arntzenius (2012). Space, Time, & Stuff. Oxford Univ. Press.
Jerry Davidson Wheatley (2001). The Nature of Consciousness, the Structure of Reality. Research Scientific Press.
Markku Keinänen (2008). Revisionary and Descriptive Metaphysics. Philosophica 81 (1):23-58.
Jill North (2009). The “Structure” of Physics. Journal of Philosophy 106 (2):57-88.
Kent Johnson (2004). From Impossible Words to Conceptual Structure: The Role of Structure and Processes in the Lexicon. Mind and Language 19 (3):334-358.
David Woodruff Smith (2000). Ontological Phenomenology. In The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy. Charlottesville: Philosophy Doc Ctr 243-251.
Paul Churchland (2007). On the Reality (and Diversity) of Objective Colors: How Color‐Qualia Space is a Map of Reflectance‐Profile Space. Philosophy of Science 74 (2):119-149.
Added to index2011-12-21
Total downloads148 ( #9,026 of 1,699,557 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #57,594 of 1,699,557 )
How can I increase my downloads?