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The Double Lives of Objects: An Essay in the Metaphysics of the Ordinary World

Thomas Sattig


The book defends a novel philosophical picture of ordinary objects, such as persons, tables, trees, and mountains. The theory carves a middle way between the two accounts that have dominated traditional metaphysics of material objects, namely, classical mereology and Aristotelian hylomorphism. The theory answers metaphysical, semantical, and psychological questions in a unified framework: What is the nature of ordinary objects? How do we speak about such objects? And how do we conceive of them? The core thesis is that ordinary objects lead double lives: they are compounds of matter and form; a ... More

Keywords: object, common sense, composition, mereology, persistence, coincidence, modality, determinism, indeterminacy, relativity theory

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199683017
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Sattig, author
University of Tuebingen

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