<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Jubien (Michael) - Thinking About Things (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperSummary_8959.htm">Thinking About Things</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/J/Author_Jubien (Michael).htm">Jubien (Michael)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 11; Oct2001, p1, 15p</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_08/PaperSummary_8959.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">This paper defends the following claims. Three incompatible tendencies pervade ordinary thinking about things. Two are harmless but the third, which goes unnoticed, is not. It leads philosophers to find harm in the other two and to wonder which needs modification or rejection. It also produces serious confusion and error. It is the real culprit in the statue/clay puzzle. It also underlies the erroneous identification of essentialism with <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>1</SUP> de re, and the mistaken doctrine of rigid designation. Avoiding the tendency easily relieves these and other problems. Discusses the problem in the metaphysics of <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modality</A><SUP>2</SUP> caused by three incompatible tendencies of ordinary thought. Philosophical examples illustrating how the tendencies produce trouble and sometimes erroneous doctrine; Analysis of various <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>3</SUP> claims by appeal to relations of compatibility and entailment between properties.</ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:10" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:10:45</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>