Material objects and essential bundle theory

Barker, Stephen and Jago, Mark (2017) Material objects and essential bundle theory. Philosophical Studies . ISSN 1573-0883 (In Press)

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In this paper we present a new metaphysical theory of material objects. On our theory, objects are bundles of property instances, where those properties give the nature or essence of that object. We call the theory essential bundle theory. Property possession is not analysed as bundle-membership, as in traditional bundle theories, since accidental properties are not included in the object’s bundle. We have a different story to tell about accidental property possession. This move reaps many benefits. Essential bundle theory delivers a simple theory of the essential properties of material objects; an explanation of how object coincidence can arise; an actual-world ground for modal differences between coincident objects; a simple story about intrinsic properties; and a plausible account of certain ubiquitous cases of causal overdetermination.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Ontology; material objects; bundle theory; essence; nature
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 14:04
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2018 04:31

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