Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93 (4):665-687 (2015)

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Ned Markosian
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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This paper argues for including stuff in one's ontology. The distinction between things and stuff is first clarified, and then three different ontologies of the physical universe are spelled out: a pure thing ontology, a pure stuff ontology, and a mixed ontology of both things and stuff. Eleven different reasons for including stuff in one's ontology are given. Then five objections to positing stuff are considered and rejected
Keywords stuff  things  ontology  constitution  mereology
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