Extended Simples

The Monist 87 (3):371--85 (2004)
Abstract
I argue that the assumptions that physically basic things are either mereologically atomic, or that they are continuous and there are no atoms, both face difficult conceptual problems. Both views tend to presuppose a largely unquestioned assumption, that things have parts corresponding to the geometric parts of the regions they occupy. To avoid these problems I propose a third view, that physically simple things occupy a finite volume without themselves having parts. This view is examined enough to tease out some of its consequences and show that it withstands the obvious questions it faces. I conclude by mentioning some precedents for this view in Democritus, Kant, and Whitehead, with close variants in Boscovich, Harré, and Markosian
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,357
External links
  • Through your library Configure
    References found in this work BETA

    No references found.

    Citations of this work BETA
    A. J. Cotnoir (2013). Parts as Counterparts. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 2 (3):228-241.

    View all 6 citations

    Similar books and articles
    Joshua Spencer (2010). A Tale of Two Simples. Philosophical Studies 148 (2):167 - 181.
    Kris McDaniel (2007). Extended Simples. Philosophical Studies 133 (1):131 - 141.
    Josh Parsons (2008). Hudson on Location. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 76 (2):427 - 435.
    Mark Scala (2002). Homogeneous Simples. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):393-397.
    Mark Scala (2002). Homogeneous Simples. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2):393 - 397.
    Michael V. Antony (2001). Conceiving Simple Experiences. Journal of Mind and Behavior 22 (3):263-86.
    Eric T. Olson (2011). The Extended Self. Minds and Machines 21 (4):481-495.
    Shannon Spaulding (2012). Overextended Cognition. Philosophical Psychology 25 (4):469 - 490.
    Stephen Hetherington (2012). The Extended Knower. Philosophical Explorations 15 (2):207 - 218.
    Analytics

    Monthly downloads

    Added to index

    2011-02-21

    Total downloads

    25 ( #58,686 of 1,088,400 )

    Recent downloads (6 months)

    3 ( #30,936 of 1,088,400 )

    How can I increase my downloads?

    My notes
    Sign in to use this feature


    Discussion
    Start a new thread
    Order:
    There  are no threads in this forum
    Nothing in this forum yet.