Vague objects and phenomenal wholes

Acta Analytica 17 (1):83-99 (2002)
We consider the so-called problem of the many, formulated by Peter Unger. It arises because ordinary material things do not have precise boundaries: it is always possible to find borderline parts of which it is not true to say either that they are parts or that they are not. Unger’s conclusion is that there are no ordinary things at all. We describe the solutions of Peter van Inwagen and David Lewis, and make some critical comments upon them. After that we present our own suggestion which is based on ideas developed by Leibniz in connection with problems of unity and plurality. We suggest that what the problem of the many teaches us is that in order to understand what ordinary things are, we have to take seriously the Leibnizian-Kantian distinction between phenomena and things-in-themselves.
Keywords vagueness  ontology  composition  Leibniz  Kant
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s12136-002-1006-4
 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
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,157
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Material Beings.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Cornell University Press.
Critique of Pure Reason.I. Kant - 1787/1998 - Philosophy 59 (230):555-557.
The Problem of the Many.Peter Unger - 1980 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 5 (1):411-468.
Events as Property Exemplifications.Jaegwon Kim - 1976 - In M. Brand & D. Walton (eds.), Action Theory. D. Reidel. pp. 310-326.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Parts and Wholes.Kris McDaniel - 2010 - Philosophy Compass 5 (5):412-425.
Thing and Object.Kristie Miller - 2008 - Acta Analytica 23 (1):69-89.
Promiscuous Endurantism and Diachronic Vagueness.Achille C. Varzi - 2007 - American Philosophical Quarterly 44 (2):181-189.
Vagueness in Geography.Achille C. Varzi - 2001 - Philosophy and Geography 4 (1):49–65.
Modal Mereology and Modal Supervenience.Sean Walsh - 2012 - Philosophical Studies 159 (1):1-20.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

48 ( #107,877 of 2,163,617 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #188,991 of 2,163,617 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums