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The Universe As We Find It$
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John Heil

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596201.001.0001

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(p.12) Chapter 2 Substance
The Universe As We Find It

John Heil

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives an account of substances as property bearers. Substance and property are correlative notions: substances are property bearers and properties are particular ways particular substances are. Substances are simple: a substance could not have parts, substantial parts, parts that are themselves substances. Thus substances are to be distinguished from complexes made up of substances, ‘substances by courtesy’. Complexes are not apt property bearers, nor are events. What the substances and properties are is an empirical question to be settled, if at all, by fundamental physics. Genuine emergence requires the emergence of substances. An important species of emergence occurs when new kinds of particle are produced — naturally, under extreme cosmological conditions, or artificially, in particle accelerators.

Keywords:   substance, property, substance by courtesy, simple, complex, event, emergence

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