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Objects and Persons Trenton Merricks

Objects and Persons

Trenton Merricks

Published August 2nd 2001
ISBN : 9780199245369
Hardcover
216 pages
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This work presents a theory about what kind of things exist. Trenton Merricks defends the following criterion for existence of a physical object: that it has a causal role over and above that of its parts. On the basis of this and otherMoreThis work presents a theory about what kind of things exist. Trenton Merricks defends the following criterion for existence of a physical object: that it has a causal role over and above that of its parts. On the basis of this and other considerations, he argues that there are not - in addition to their microscopic parts - any non-living inanimate macrophysical objects. And he defends the existence of human organisms largely on the grounds that we have non-redundant causal powers. Along the way, Merricks has interesting things to say about reductionism, mental causation, free will, and a number of philosophical puzzles. Anyone working in metaphysics should enjoy this book.