The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

The Metaphysics of Everyday Life: An Essay in Practical Realism (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

Lynne Rudder Baker


Lynne Rudder Baker provides and defends a special account of the cloth international: the structure View. not like major metaphysical perspectives that take daily issues to be both non-existent or reducible to micro-objects, the structure View construes universal issues as irreducible elements of fact. even if they're finally constituted via microphysical debris, daily items are neither similar to, nor reducible to, the aggregates of microphysical debris that represent them. the result's actual ontological variety: humans, micro organism, donkeys, mountains and microscopes are essentially other kinds of items - all constituted by way of, yet no longer just like, aggregates of debris. Baker helps her account with discussions of non-reductive causation, vagueness, mereology, artefacts, three-dimensionalism, ontological novelty, ontological degrees and emergence. The upshot is a unified ontological concept of the complete fabric international that irreducibly comprises humans, in addition to non-human residing issues and inanimate gadgets.

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