Conventional Objects
Heller (Mark)
Source: Heller - The Ontology of Physical Objects, Chapter 2
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Author’s Abstract1

  1. In the second chapter the hunk ontology is developed in more depth, paying special attention to those features of an object that seem to be most tied to its identity - its persistence conditions2 and essential properties.
  2. I explain the concept of a conventional3 object, arguing that if a supposed object's persistence conditions4 or essential properties are a function of human convention5, then there really is no such object6. I suggest that all of the objects of our standard ontology are conventional, though the argument for this is left until the third chapter7.
  3. One goal of the second chapter is to specify what requirements are forced on the hunk ontology if it is to avoid the accusation that it is just as conventional as the standard ontology. I argue for the following two requirements:
    1. First, every filled region of spacetime must contain an object; and,
    2. Second, these objects must have their spatiotemporal configurations essentially.

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