Preserving the principle of one object to a place: A novel account of the relations among objects, sorts, sortals, and persistence conditions

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (3):591-624 (1994)
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This article offers a novel, conservative account of material constitution, one that incorporates sortal essentialism and features a theory of dominant sortals. It avoids coinciding objects, temporal parts, relativizations of identity, mereological essentialism, anti-essentialism, denials of the reality of the objects of our ordinary ontology, and other departures from the metaphysic implicit in ordinary ways of thinking. Defenses of the account against important objections are found in Burke 1997, 2003, and 2004, as well as in the often neglected six paragraphs that conclude section V of this article.


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Michael B. Burke
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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