New York: Oxford University Press (2001)

Abstract
Objects and Persons presents an original theory about what kinds of things exist. Trenton Merricks argues that there are no non-living inanimate macrophysical objects -- no statues or rocks or chairs or stars -- because they would have no causal role over and above the causal role of their microphysical parts. Humans do exist: we have non-redundant causal powers. Along the way, Merricks has interesting things to say about mental causation, free will, and various philosophical puzzles. Anyone working in metaphysics will enjoy this lucid and provocative book.
Keywords Ontology   Whole and parts   Agent   Causation
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Reprint years 2001, 2003
Call number BD396.M47 2001
ISBN(s) 9780199266319   0199245363 (alk. paper)   9780199245369   019926631X   0199245363
DOI 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2003.tb00318.x
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