<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>The Nature of Things (Quinton (Anthony)) - Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</title> <link href="../../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../../TT_ICO.png" /> </head> <a name="Top"></a> <BODY> <div id="header"> <HR><H1>Theo Todman's Book Collection (Book-Paper Abstracts)</H1></div> <hr><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../BookSummary_776.htm">The Nature of Things</A></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2><A HREF = "../../../Authors/Q/Author_Quinton (Anthony).htm">Quinton (Anthony)</a></td></tr><tr><td colspan =2>This Page provides (where held) the <b>Abstract</b> of the above <b>Book</b> and those of all the <b>Papers</b> contained in it.</td></tr><tr><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td><td><A HREF = "../BookCitings_776.htm">Books / Papers Citing this Book</A></td></tr></tr></TABLE></CENTER><hr> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>BOOK ABSTRACT: </B><BR><BR><U>Cover Blurb</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1"><li>In this systematic treatise Anthony Quinton examines the concept of substance, a philosophical refinement of the everyday notion of a thing. </li><li>Four distinct, but not unconnected, problems about substance are identified: <ul type="disc"><li>what accounts for the individuality of a thing; </li><li>what confers identity on a thing; </li><li>what is the relation between a thing and its appearances; and </li><li>what kind of thing is fundamental, in the sense that its existence is logically independent of that of any other kind of thing? </li></ul></li><li>In Part I, entitled  Substance', the first two problems are discussed, while in Part II,  Knowledge', the third and fourth problems are considered. </li><li>In Part III,  Ideas', the author examines four kinds of thing that have been commonly held to be in some way non-material: <ul type="disc"><li>abstract entities; </li><li>the un-observable entities of scientific theory; </li><li>minds and their states; and, finally </li><li>values. </li></ul></li><li>He argues that theoretical entities and mental states are, in fact, material. He gives a linguistic account of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1008.htm">universals</A><SUP>1</SUP> and necessary truths and, in the final chapter, advances a naturalistic theory of value.</li><li>Anthony Quinton has been a Fellow of New College, Oxford, since 1955. He is a University Lecturer in Philosophy, and has published several books on Philosophy. Professor-Quinton has been President of Trinity College, Oxford, since 1978. </li></ol></FONT><U>Contents</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Preface and Acknowledgments  ix<BR><B>Part I Substance</B><BR>Introduction: The four problems of substance<li><a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_77.htm">Individuation</A><SUP>2</SUP>  12</li><li>Things  33</li><li>Identity  57</li><li>Ultimates  81<BR><B>Part II Knowledge</B><BR>Introduction: Knowledge as a system  109</li><li>Intuition  119</li><li>Certainty  143</li><li>Perception  172</li><li>Coherence  208<BR><B>Part III Ideas</B><BR>Introduction: Metaphysics  235</li><li>Essence  252</li><li>Theory  282</li><li>Mind  314</li><li>Value  351<BR>Bibliography  381<BR>Index  387 </li></ol> </FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><B>BOOK COMMENT: </B><BR><BR>RKP, 1978 Paperback. First hardback printing 1973.</P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3868.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - The Four Problems of Substance</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part I (Substance), Introduction<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3869.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Individuation</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part I (Substance), Chapter 1<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Substance and qualities  12</li><li>Ordinal properties  15</li><li>Positional properties  17</li><li>The elimination of singular terms  20</li><li>The <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_81.htm">identity of indiscernibles</A><SUP>1</SUP>  24</li><li>Position as substance  28</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3870.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Things</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part I (Substance), Chapter 2<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Theories of reference  33</li><li>Existence and indication  37</li><li>The general idea of a thing  41</li><li>Matter and extension  46</li><li>Nouns and adjectives  53</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3871.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Identity</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part I (Substance), Chapter 3<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Identity and the necessity of continuants  57</li><li>Substance as identifier  61</li><li>Spatial continuity  66</li><li>The mutual dependence of things and places  71</li><li>Non-temporal identity  75</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3872.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Ultimates</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part I (Substance), Chapter 4<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Eternal things  81</li><li>Atoms and infinity  84</li><li>Personal identity  88</li><li>The soul and personality  92</li><li>Ownership and the subject of experience  97</li><li>Two conceptions of personality  103</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3873.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Knowledge as a System</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part II (Knowledge), Introduction<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3874.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Intuition</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part II (Knowledge), Chapter 5<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>The regress of justification  119</li><li>The concept of intuition  123</li><li>Ostensive statements  126</li><li>Innate ideas  130</li><li>Basic statements  134</li><li>The correspondence theory  139</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3875.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Certainty</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part II (Knowledge), Chapter 6<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>The concept of certainty  143</li><li>Scepticism and fallibilism  149</li><li>Two arguments for certainty  155</li><li>Incorrigibility and language  161</li><li>The falsification of sense-statements  166</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3876.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Perception</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part II (Knowledge), Chapter 7<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Theories of perception  172</li><li>Illusions and appearances  177</li><li>Certainty and inference  184</li><li>Science and perception: space gap and time gap  194</li><li>Secondary qualities and the fine structure of matter  202</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3877.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Coherence</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part II (Knowledge), Chapter 8<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Against foundations  208</li><li>The coherence theory  213</li><li>Peirce on intuition and inquiry  218</li><li>Popper's theory of knowledge  223</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3878.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Metaphysics</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part III (Ideas), Introduction<BR></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3879.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Essence</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part III (Ideas), Chapter 9<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Abstract reference  252</li><li><A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1008.htm">Universals</A><SUP>1</SUP>  257</li><li>Nominalism  259</li><li>Natural classes  263</li><li>Necessary truth  265</li><li>Tautologies and convention  270</li><li>Logical truths  276</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3880.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Theory</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part III (Ideas), Chapter 10<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>The nature of science  282</li><li>Positivism and realism  288</li><li>Critique of positivism  294</li><li>Observability  300</li><li>Causal connections  307</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3881.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Mind</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part III (Ideas), Chapter 11<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Dualism  314</li><li>Problems of dualism  319</li><li>Behaviourism  322</li><li>Materialism  330</li><li>The mind and space  334</li><li>Consciousness  337</FONT></li></ul></P> <P ALIGN = "Justify"><FONT Size = 2 FACE="Arial"><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR><BR>"<B><A HREF = "../../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3882.htm">Quinton (Anthony) - Value</A></B>"<BR><BR><B>Source</B>: Quinton - The Nature of Things; Part III (Ideas), Chapter 12<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><BR><BR><U>Sections</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>Fact, value and antinaturalism  351</li><li>The practicality of value  355</li><li>Refutation of noncognitivism  362</li><li>Action, value and desire  366</li><li>The nature of morality  374</FONT></li></ul></P> <a name="ColourConventions"></a><hr><br><B><U>Text Colour Conventions</U> (see <A HREF="../../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</B><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> </center> <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="2018-08-02T02:39" pubdate>02/08/2018 02:39:54</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>