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The Metaphysics of Everyday Life An Essay in Practical Realism by Lynne Rudder Baker
  

The Metaphysics of Everyday Life An Essay in Practical Realism

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series

Synopsis

The Metaphysics of Everyday Life An Essay in Practical Realism by Lynne Rudder Baker

Lynne Rudder Baker presents and defends a unique account of the material world: the Constitution View. In contrast to leading metaphysical views that take everyday things to be either non-existent or reducible to micro-objects, the Constitution View construes familiar things as irreducible parts of reality. Although they are ultimately constituted by microphysical particles, everyday objects are neither identical to, nor reducible to, the aggregates of microphysical particles that constitute them. The result is genuine ontological diversity: people, bacteria, donkeys, mountains and microscopes are fundamentally different kinds of things - all constituted by, but not identical to, aggregates of particles. Baker supports her account with discussions of non-reductive causation, vagueness, mereology, artefacts, three-dimensionalism, ontological novelty, ontological levels and emergence. The upshot is a unified ontological theory of the entire material world that irreducibly contains people, as well as non-human living things and inanimate objects.

Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Baker's book is a valuable contribution to contemporary work in metaphysics. It will be widely discussed, and it will remain a key source of ideas, insights, and arguments for many years to come.
Stephen Schwartz, Ithaca College

About the Author

Lynne Rudder Baker is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Explaining Attitudes (Cambridge UP, 1995), Persons and Bodies (Cambridge UP, 2000), The Metaphysics of Everyday Life (Cambridge UP, 2007), and Saving Belief (Princeton UP, 1987).

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Book Info

Publication date

11th June 2009

Author

Lynne Rudder Baker

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology

ISBN

9780521120296

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