Objects: Nothing out of the Ordinary

2017.04.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Z. Korman, Objects: Nothing out of the Ordinary, Oxford University Press, 2016, 251pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.04.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Z. Korman, Objects: Nothing out of the Ordinary, Oxford University Press, 2016, 251pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198732532. Reviewed by Simon J. Evnine, University of Miami Daniel Z. Korman defends conservatism about ordinary objects. He understands ordinary objects to include artifacts, biological organisms, and things like electrons, rocks, rivers, and planets. Conservatism contrasts with two other positions, eliminativism and permissivism. According to eliminativism, there are no ordinary objects; according to permissivism, there are ordinary objects and a whole lot of extraordinary ones too. Extraordinary objects are not things like undiscovered organisms or fundamental particles but rather monsters of philosophy -- arbitrary mereological sums and so on. (For the most part, Korman confines his attention to concrete particulars so the question of whether things like properties, propositions, and. . .

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