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Substance and the Fundamentality of the Familiar. A Neo-Aristotelian Mereology

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2018.04.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Ross D. Inman, Substance and the Fundamentality of the Familiar. A Neo-Aristotelian Mereology, Routledge, 2018, 304 pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138065598. Reviewed by Anna Marmodoro, University of Oxford Ross Inman's book is a fine attempt to pursue afresh the question of what is fundamental in our ontology. The project is ambitious, well thought out, carefully investigated with attention to the detail and mastery of the literature -- and the book is very well written. In essence, it can be read as arguing for the merits of a certain criterion of fundamentality that Inman commends as yielding a view that is "worth taking seriously and deserves a place at the table as a viable yet underappreciated metaphysic of material objects" (p. 6). For Inman, as he stresses several times, the most significant result of endorsing his criterion of fundamentality is that medium-sized entities too count as... . . .

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