David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2013)
We think of a boundary whenever we think of an entity demarcated from its surroundings. There is a boundary (a line) separating Maryland and Pennsylvania. There is a boundary (a circle) isolating the interior of a disc from its exterior. There is a boundary (a surface) enclosing the bulk of this apple. Sometimes the exact location of a boundary is unclear or otherwise controversial (as when you try to trace out the margins of Mount Everest, or even the boundary of your own body). Sometimes the boundary lies skew to any physical discontinuity or qualitative differentiation (as with the border of Wyoming, or the boundary between the upper and lower halves of a homogeneous sphere). But whether sharp or blurry, natural or artificial, for every object there appears to be a boundary that marks it off from the rest of the world. Events, too, have boundaries — at least temporal boundaries. Our lives are bounded by our births and by our deaths; the soccer game began at 3pm sharp and ended with the referee's final whistle at 4:45pm. It is sometimes suggested that even abstract entities, such as concepts or sets, have boundaries of their own, and Wittgenstein could emphatically proclaim that the boundaries of our language are the boundaries of our world. Whether all this boundary talk is coherent, however, and whether it reflects the structure of the world or simply the organizing activity of our mind, are matters of deep philosophical controversy.
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
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
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Achille C. Varzi (1997). Boundaries, Continuity, and Contact. Noûs 31 (1):26-58.
Barry Smith & Achille C. Varzi (2000). Fiat and Bona Fide Boundaries. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (2):401-420.
Jeremy T. Law (2010). Toward a Theology of Boundary. Zygon 45 (3):739-761.
Guichun Guo (2010). The Boundaries of Context and Their Significance. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 5 (3):449-460.
Charles Tilly (2004). Social Boundary Mechanisms. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 34 (2):211-236.
Peter Morriss (1997). Blurred Boundaries. Inquiry 40 (3):259 – 289.
Rita Sommers-Flanagan, Deni Elliott & John Sommers-Flanagan (1998). Exploring the Edges: Boundaries and Breaks. Ethics and Behavior 8 (1):37 – 48.
Alfons Grieder (2012). Further Remarks on Boundary Conditions, Boundary Situations and Jaspersian Grenzsituationen. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 41 (3):319-324.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads63 ( #34,578 of 1,696,465 )
Recent downloads (6 months)19 ( #26,812 of 1,696,465 )
How can I increase my downloads?