Category Archives: Metaphysics

Platonism, a short introduction

By platonism, I will mean the contemporary view on it in analytic philosophy, and not necessarily Plato’s view. Platonists believe that the existence abstract objects are needed to make sense of three phenomena: resemblance, subject-predicate discourse, and abstract reference.   By … Continue reading

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Laurie Paul on Temporal Experience

A summary of Laurie Paul’s Temporal Experience: Antireductionists about time hold that our experience of the nowness and passage of events are best explained by events really having mind-independent nowness and mind-independent temporal passage. Reductionists reject mind-independent nowness and mind-independent … Continue reading

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Johnathan Schaffer – Is there a fundamental level?

This is a summary of Johnathan Schaffer’s “Is there a fundamental level?” Schaffer argues that there are no good a priori arguments or a posteriori evidence for fundamental particles.  (I won’t go over his arguments here.)  The replacement of quantum … Continue reading

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The Plurality of Causal Pluralism

There are competing candidates on what causation is, viz., regularity, counterfactual dependence, probabilistic dependence, process, etc.  The literature on the metaphysics of causation typically operates under the presumption that there is a single, deep metaphysical fact about what causation is. … Continue reading

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Akeel Bilgrami on Value properties

Bilgrami borrows an insight from Spinoza that one cannot both predict that one will do something and intend to do something and at the same time.  When one predicts that one will do something, one steps outside of oneself, in … Continue reading

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