Material Objects

Edited by Noel Saenz (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
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Summary Material objects (basketballs, planets, buildings, tables, chairs, electrons, organisms, etc.) have proved philosophically fascinating. Though they might, at first, appear to be those kinds of objects that pose the least amount of philosophical trouble, puzzles and questions concerning their nature have proved just as interesting, and intractable, as puzzles and questions over abstract and non-existent objects. In this section, papers dealing with questions having to do with their existence, persistence, mereology, location, constitution, origin, modal features, mind-independence, grounding status, causal role, place in a quantum world and perceptibility can be found.
Key works For some key works on the existence, mereology, and constitution of material objects, see van Inwagen 1990, Merricks 2001, Rea 1997, Thomasson 2007 and Koslicki 2008. For some key works on the persistence, location, and modal features of material objects, see Heller 1990, Sider 2001 and Hawley 2001.
Introductions For a nice introduction on the philosophical issues surrounding ordinary material objects, see Korman 2011.
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  2. "Fallings From Us, Vanishings...": Composition and the Structure of Loss.Meena Alexander - 1984 - Analecta Husserliana 18:91.
  3. ‘Not’ Again! Another Essay on the Metaphysics of Material Objects.Mahrad Almotahari - 2017 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 94 (3):711-737.
  4. ‘Not’ Again! Another Essay on the Metaphysics of Material Objects.Mahrad Almotahari - 2017 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 94 (3):711-737.
  5. The Chemical Composition of the Volpar Contraceptive Products, Part 2.John R. Baker, R. M. Ranson & J. Tynen - 1939 - The Eugenics Review 31 (1):23.
  6. Objects and Persons.LR Baker - unknown
  7. The Composition of the People of God.Armando Bandera - 1969 - The Thomist 33 (3):405.
  8. Phrase Rhythm and Composition.Viorica Barbu Iuraşcu - 2009 - Analysis and Metaphysics 8:155-159.
  9. Paradoxes of Multi-Location.S. Barker & P. Dowe - 2003 - Analysis 63 (2):106-114.
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  12. Composition Dependence of Polymorphism and Electrical Conductivity in Ce-Doped Bi4V2O11.Saba Beg & Niyazi A. S. Al-Areqi - 2009 - Philosophical Magazine 89 (15):1279-1294.
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  17. The Lapidaire Chrétien, Its Composition, Its Influence, Its Sources. Léon Baisier.Helen Bobbins Bittermann - 1937 - Speculum 12 (1):111-114.
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  25. The Composition of the Maitreyī Dialogue in the "Br̥hadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad".Joel Brereton - 2006 - Journal of the American Oriental Society 126 (3):323-345.
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    Since the death of Cézanne in 1906, there has been throughout the world of European art a general reawakening of a sense of the necessity for constructive qualities in painting. Whereas our fathers were content to speak of the “composition” of a picture, in our own day it is more usual to speak of its construction. Composition, after all, is a comparatively loose and elastic term implying a generally harmonious arrangement of the massed effect of light and dark, a juxtaposition (...)
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  31. An Elegant Universe.Claudio Calosi - 2017 - Synthese:1-16.
    David Lewis famously endorsed Unrestricted Composition. His defense of such a controversial principle builds on the alleged innocence of mereology. This innocence defense has come under different attacks in the last decades. In this paper I pursue another line of defense, that stems from some early remarks by van Inwagen. I argue that Unrestricted Composition leads to a better metaphysics. In particular I provide new arguments for the following claims: Unrestricted Composition entails extensionality of composition, functionality of location and four-dimensionalism (...)
  32. Much Ado About Nothing: A Study of Metaphysical Nihilism.Ross P. Cameron - 2005 - Erkenntnis 64 (2):193-222.
    This paper is an investigation of metaphysical nihilism: the view that there could have been no contingent or concrete objects. I begin by showing the connections of the nihilistic theses to other philosophical doctrines. I then go on to look at the arguments for and against metaphysical nihilism in the literature and find both to be flawed. In doing so I will look at the nature of abstract objects, the nature of spacetime and mereological simples, the existence of the empty (...)
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  34. Objects and Objectives of Contemporary Art.Curtis L. Carter - unknown
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  36. Scattered Objects.Richard Cartwright - 1975 - In Keith Lehrer (ed.), Analysis and Metaphysics. Reidel. pp. 153-171.
  37. The Monism of “The Monist”.Paul Carus - 1913 - The Monist 23 (3):435-439.
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  39. The Message of Monism to the World.Paul Carus - 1894 - The Monist 4 (4):545-560.
  40. Temporal Entities in Space.Roberto Casati - unknown
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  42. Composition and Constitution: Heidegger's Hammer.David R. Cerbone - 1999 - Philosophical Topics 27 (2):309-329.
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  45. Endurance and Non-Endurance: From the Perspective of Virtue Ethics. [REVIEW]Shaoming Chen - 2008 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 3 (3):335-351.
    By analysing the two relevant psychological phenomena of “endurance” and “non-endurance,” this essay aims to reveal the ethical implications of a Confucian approach, namely regarding non-endurance as an impulse of primary virtue. Based on this case study, the author then explores the significance of moral cultivation or psychological training in establishing moral personality and the complexities of such a process. Meanwhile, “love” in Confucian ethics means sympathy for the inferior rather than affection for the revered. Hopefully, this study may deepen (...)
  46. Embodied Stimuli: Bonnet's Statue of a Sensitive Agent.Tobias Cheung - 2010 - In Charles T. Wolfe & Ofer Gal (eds.), The Body as Object and Instrument of Knowledge. Springer. pp. 309--331.
  47. Objects and Persons: Revision and Replies.Roderick Chisholm - 1979 - In Ernest Sosa (ed.), Grazer Philosophische Studien. Rodopi. pp. 317-388.
  48. Objects and Persons.Roderick M. Chisholm - 1979 - Grazer Philosophische Studien 7:317-388.
  49. Supplementary Report: Effect of Mode of Response on Judgment of Familiar Size.A. V. Churchill - 1962 - Journal of Experimental Psychology 64 (2):198.
  50. The Composition and Circulation Of.S. Cicero - 2004 - Classical Quarterly 54:128-142.
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