<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Jones (Nicholas K.) - Too Many Cats: The Problem of the Many and the Metaphysics of Vagueness (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_11/PaperSummary_11991.htm">Too Many Cats: The Problem of the Many and the Metaphysics of Vagueness</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/J/Author_Jones (Nicholas K.).htm">Jones (Nicholas K.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Ph.D. Dissertation, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2010</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=800><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_11/PaperSummary_11991.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_11/PaperCitings_11991.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_11/PapersToNotes_11991.htm">Notes Citing this Paper</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><u>Author s Abstract</u><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li><a name="3"></a><A HREF = "../../Authors/U/Author_Unger (Peter).htm">Peter Unger</A> s <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1170.htm">Problem of the Many</A><SUP>1</SUP> seems to show that the familiar macroscopic world is much stranger than it appears. From plausible theses about the boundaries of ordinary objects, Unger drew the conclusion that wherever there seems to be just one cat, cloud, table, human, or thinker, really there are many millions; and likewise for any other familiar kind of individual. </li><li>In Lewis s hands, this puzzle was subtly altered by an appeal to vagueness or indeterminacy about the boundaries of ordinary objects. </li><li>This thesis examines the relation between these puzzles, and also to the phenomenon of vagueness. <ol type="1"><li>Chapter 1 begins by distinguishing Unger s puzzle of too many candidates from Lewis s puzzle of borderline, or vague, candidates. We show that, contra Unger, the question of whether this is a genuine, as opposed to merely apparent, distinction cannot be settled without investigation into the nature of vagueness. </li><li>Chapter 2 begins this investigation by developing a broadly supervaluationist account of vagueness that is immune to the standard objections. This account is applied to Unger s and Lewis s puzzles in chapters 3 and 4. </li><li>Chapter 3 shows that, despite its popularity, Lewis s own approach to the puzzles is unsatisfactory: it does not so much solve the puzzle, as prevent us from expressing them; it cannot be extended to objects that self-refer; it is committed to objectionable theses about temporal and <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>2</SUP> metaphysics and semantics. </li><li>Chapter 4 develops a conception of ordinary objects that emphasises the role of identity conditions and change, and uses it to resolve both Problems of the Many. This allows us to diagnose the source of the puzzles: an overemphasis on mereology in contemporary material ontology. </li></ol> </li></ul></FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W3780W"></a><A HREF = "http://www.nkjones.com/uploads/2/2/0/7/22071324/thesis_-_submitted_-_10-09-24.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><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 00:10:42</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>