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Armchair Metaphysics Revisited: The Three Grades of Involvement in Conceptual Analysis

Jackson, Frank

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Atomic theory gives an account of the nature of the chair I am sitting on. According to that account, my chair is a ‘gappy’ object. It is made up of items that are very widely spaced, comparatively speaking. Should I conclude that my chair is not solid? It depends on what is meant by ‘solid’. If ‘solid’ means being everywhere dense, the answer is yes. If ‘solid’ means resisting the intrusion of other objects (including my body, in this case), the answer is no. The answer is no, because...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Book chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/232583
Book Title: The Cambridge Companion to Philosophical Methodology
DOI: .1017/9781316344118.008

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