- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Substance1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 14/11/2018 13:49:26): Substance
- This is a big subject but, basically, I take a substance to be an individual (relatively) self-standing thing (a particular) that has properties that may change over time.
- My specific interest in this topic is whether persons – qua persons4 – are substances. This depends what the term “person” refers to. My contention is that “person” is a property (or collection of properties, or an honorific) of a substance rather than a substance in its own right. So, animalism5 would have it that the substance is the human animal, which for part of its existence has the property of being a person.
- There’s the question whether the substance-view is inconsistent with perdurantism6, whereby individuals are not wholly present at a time, but are “space-time worms”. On this view, for an animalist a person would be a section (or a collection of sections) of the space-time worm that is the human animal.
- Maybe on either view, a person is a phase sortal7.
- I intend to cover this amongst other general metaphysical matters in Chapter 48 of my Thesis.
- For a page of Links9 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read10, include11 the following:-
- The study-list for this topic (restricted to Personal Identity) would include:-
- "Broackes (Justin) - Substance", Broakes
- "Broackes (Justin) & Hacker (P.M.S.) - Substance: Things and Stuffs", Broakes & Hacker
- "Campbell (Scott) - Persons and Substances", Campbell
- "Crane (Tim) - Substance (4-Lecture BA Course)", Crane
- "Hoffman (Joshua) & Rosenkrantz (Gary) - Substance: Its Nature and Existence", Hoffman & Rosenkrantz
- "Lowe (E.J.) - Substance, Identity and Time", Lowe
- "Lowe (E.J.) - The Possibility of Metaphysics: Substance, Identity and Time", Lowe
- "Moreland (J.P.) & Rae (Scott) - Human Persons as Substances or Property-Things", Moreland & Rae
- "Noonan (Harold) - Substance, Identity and Time", Noonan
- "Robinson (Howard) - Substance", Robinson
- "Wiggins (David) - Sameness and Substance Renewed", Wiggins12
- "Wikipedia - Hylomorphism", Wikipedia
- "Zimmerman (Dean) - Review of Hoffman & Rosenkrantz's 'Substance: Its Nature and Existence'", Zimmerman
- 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 (14/11/2018 13:49:26).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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