II—L. A. Paul: Categorical Priority and Categorical Collapse

Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 87 (1):89-113 (2013)
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Abstract

I explore some of the ways that assumptions about the nature of substance shape metaphysical debates about the structure of Reality. Assumptions about the priority of substance play a role in an argument for monism, are embedded in certain pluralist metaphysical treatments of laws of nature, and are central to discussions of substantivalism and relationalism. I will then argue that we should reject such assumptions and collapse the categorical distinction between substance and property.

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L. A. Paul
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