Against zero-dimensional material objects (and other bare particulars)

Philosophical Studies 160 (2):305-321 (2012)
Authors
Daniel Giberman
University of Texas at Arlington
Abstract
A modus tollens against zero-dimensional material objects is presented from the premises (i) that if there are zero-dimensional material objects then there are bare particulars, and (ii) that there are no bare particulars. The argument for the first premise proceeds by elimination. First, bare particular theory and bundle theory are motivated as the most appealing theories of property exemplification. It is then argued that the bundle theorist’s Ockhamism ought to lead her to reject spatiotemporally located zero-dimensional property instances. Finally, it is argued that since she must accept such instances if she accepts zero-dimensional material object bundles, she ought to avoid the latter. This leaves bare particular theory as the default view of zero-dimensional material objects. The argument for the second premise invokes the thesis that the exemplification of at least one sparse property is a prerequisite for the existence of any particular. It is argued from Humean considerations that bare particulars fail this prerequisite.
Keywords Material objects  Zero-dimensional objects  Bare particulars  Bundle theory  Recombination
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-011-9720-7
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 34,562
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Truth and Truthmakers.D. M. Armstrong - 2004 - Cambridge University Press.
The Metaphysics Within Physics.Tim Maudlin - 2007 - Oxford University Press.
Parts of Classes.David Lewis - 1991 - Blackwell.
New Work for a Theory of Universals.David Lewis - 1983 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 61 (4):343-377.
Monism: The Priority of the Whole.Jonathan Schaffer - 2010 - Philosophical Review 119 (1):31-76.

View all 38 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Location and Mereology.Cody Gilmore - 2013 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Tropes in Space.Daniel Giberman - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 167 (2):453-472.
A Topological Theory of Fundamental Concrete Particulars.Daniel Giberman - 2015 - Philosophical Studies 172 (10):2679-2704.

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Are Bare Particulars Constituents?Richard Brian Davis - 2013 - Acta Analytica 28 (4):395-410.
Spatiotemporal and Spatial Particulars.Noa Latham - 2002 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 2 (1):17-35.
Bare Particulars and Individuation Reply to Mertz.J. P. Moreland & Timothy Pickavance - 2003 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (1):1 – 13.
How the Dead Live.Niall Connolly - 2011 - Philosophia 39 (1):83-103.
"Bare Particulars".Theodore Sider - 2006 - Philosophical Perspectives 20 (1):387–397.
The Brave New Bare Particularism.Richard Davis - 2004 - Modern Schoolman 81 (4):267-273.
No Bare Particulars.Andrew M. Bailey - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 158 (1):31-41.
'Partially Clad' Bare Particulars Exposed.Richard Brian Davis - 2003 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (4):534 – 548.
In Defence of 'Partially Clad' Bare Particulars.Timothy Pickavance - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (1):155 – 158.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-04-11

Total downloads
227 ( #21,298 of 2,268,345 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #211,892 of 2,268,345 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature