- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Problem of the Many1' during my Thesis research, as from end October 2016.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Statistics" above.
Write-up2 (as at 24/09/2018 17:03:50): Problem of the Many
- This problem is to do with objects – whether clouds or human beings – that have vague boundaries. What is wrong with saying that instead of just one object there are many overlapping ones; or, if we hate this idea, what’s the solution so that we only have one (as we first thought?
- For a page of Links4 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read5, include6 the following:-
- "Carter (William) - 'Partist' Resistance to the Many: Review of 'A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person' by Hud Hudson", Carter
- "Lowe (E.J.) - Review of Peter Unger's - 'All the Power in the World'", Lowe
- "Marshall (Richard) & Olson (Eric) - Eric T. Olson: The Philosopher with No Hands", Marshall & Olson
- "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Précis of Material Beings", Van Inwagen
- It’s probably best to take "Weatherson (Brian) - The Problem of the Many" (2014 revision) as a starting-point, and use its references (except for those on Vagueness7) for further reading, though these writers are top of the list:-
→ "Hudson (Hud) - The Many Problematic Solutions To the Problem Of the Many" (2001, and the whole of "Hudson (Hud) - A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person")
→ "Carter (William) - 'Partist' Resistance to the Many: Review of 'A Materialist Metaphysics of the Human Person' by Hud Hudson" (2004, a critique of the above)
→ "Unger (Peter) - The Problem of the Many" (1980, fons et origo?)
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Bennett (Karen) - Composition, Colocation, and Metaontology", Bennett, 2007
- "Blatti (Stephan) - Material Constitution", Blatti
- "Doyle (Robert O.) - The Problem of the Many", Doyle
- "Hershenov (David) - The Thesis of Vague Objects and Unger's Problem of the Many", Hershenov
- "Jones (Nicholas K.) - Too Many Cats: The Problem of the Many and the Metaphysics of Vagueness", Jones, 2010
- "Lewis (David) - Many, But Almost One", Lewis, 1999 reprint
- "Lowe (E.J.) - The Paradox of the 1,001 Cats". Lowe, 1982
- "Lowe (E.J.) - The Problems of the Many and the Vagueness of Constitution". Lowe, 1995
- "Markosian (Ned) - Brutal Composition", Markosian, 1998
- "McKinnon (Neil) - A New Problem of the Many", McKinnon, 2008
- "McKinnon (Neil) - Supervaluations and the Problem of the Many", McKinnon, 2002
- "Schiffer (Stephen) - Two Issues of Vagueness", Schiffer, 1998
- "Weatherson (Brian) - Epistemicism Parasites and Vague Names", Weatherson, 2003
- "Weatherson (Brian) - Many Many Problems", Weatherson, 2003
- "Weatherson (Brian) - Stages, Worms, Slices and Lumps", Weatherson
- "Williams (J. Robbie G.) - An Argument for the Many", Williams, 2006
- This is mostly a place-holder8.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (24/09/2018 17:03:50).
- 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.
Text Colour Conventions (see disclaimer)
- Blue: Text by me; © Theo Todman, 2018