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L. A. Paul
Yale University
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I explore some of the ways that assumptions about the nature of substance shape metaphysical debates about the structure of Reality. Assumptions about the priority of substance play a role in an argument for monism, are embedded in certain pluralist metaphysical treatments of laws of nature, and are central to discussions of substantivalism and relationalism. I will then argue that we should reject such assumptions and collapse the categorical distinction between substance and property.
Keywords priority  substance  property  monism  pluralism  Ground  fundamentality  reality  ontology
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DOI 10.1111/supa.2013.87.issue-1
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