- I explain why the compositionalist conception of ordinary objects prevalent in contemporary metaphysics places the manifest image of the human self in a precarious position: the two theoretically simplest views of the existence of composites each jeopardize some central element of the manifest image.
- I present an alternative, nomological conception of ordinary objects, which secures the manifest image of the human self without the arbitrariness that afflicts compositionalist attempts to do the same.
- I close by sketching the consequences of the recommended position for the traditional personal identity debate about the nature and persistence of human selves.
- My comments are based on the YouTube video; I have not, as yet, read the paper.
- I got the impression from the lecture that this is mostly a discussion of mereology, with (just maybe) the Self being used an example. Hence, it is a bit of a subterfuge to smuggle this talk in under the series heading.
- … to be continued
- Draft available on academia.edu.
- For the video of the Royal Institute of Philosophy lecture of 15/11/2013, see Link.
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