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Write-up2 (as at 19/01/2020 23:41:17): Matter
- The persistence conditions4 of masses of matter are different from those of the things that matter constitutes5, or so it is said (and sometimes denied).
- In the (alleged) “corpse6” problem for animalism7, the corpse is said to be distinct from the animal8 for the above reason, so where does the corpse come from? Has it always existed co-located with the animal? Do we then end up with a constitution account of animalism9, whereby it is the animal – rather than the person – that is constituted by the body10?
- I may also need to say just what I understand matter to be, but just note here that this is side-stepped in the philosophy of mind and other areas of philosophy by preferring “physicalism” to “materialism”.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read11, include the following:-
- "Ayers (Michael R.) - Locke on 'Masses of Matter'", Ayers
- "Fine (Kit) - The Non-Identity of a Material Thing and Its Matter", Fine
- "Frank (Adam) - Minding matter", Frank
- "Hirsch (Eli) - The Persistence of Matter", Hirsch
- "Hirsch (Eli) - Matter, Causality, and Stereotypes of Identity", Hirsch
- "Rosenberg (Jay) - Bodies, Corpses, and Chunks of Matter: A Reply to Carter", Rosenberg
- I haven’t tried providing a page of Links12 to this Note on account of the ambiguity of the word “matter” (zillions of references to “what matters” and the like would appear). So, all I’ve done is queried my papers database for items with “matter” in the title, and selected the relevant ones (not even all those with “matter” in the relevant sense), which should be more than enough for such a peripheral topic.
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Butterfield (Jeremy) - On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter", Butterfield
- "Chappell (Vere) - Locke on the Ontology of Matter, Living Things and Persons", Chappell
- "Chappell (Vere) - Matter", Chappell
- "Cooper (John M.) - Chappell and Aristotle on Matter", Cooper
- "Dancy (Russell) - Matter: Aristotle and Chappell", Dancy
- "Fales (Evans) - Essentialism and the elementary constituents of matter", Fales
- "Grayling (Anthony) - Esse est Percipi: Against Matter", Grayling
- "Heller (Mark) - Preface: The Ontology of Physical Objects - Four-Dimensional Hunks of Matter", Heller
- "Lowe (E.J.) - Matter and Form", Lowe
- "Olson (Eric) - Objects and Their Matter", Olson
- "Parker (Wendy) - Does Matter Really Matter? Computer Simulations, Experiments, and Materiality", Parker
- "Robinson (Denis) - Re-Identifying Matter", Robinson
- "Russell (Bertrand) - The Ultimate Constituents of Matter", Russell
- "Ward (Keith) - More Than Matter: Is Matter All We Really Are?", Ward
- "White (Nicholas) - Identity, modal individuation, and matter in Aristotle", White
- This is mostly a place-holder13.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (19/01/2020 23:41:17).
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