Words Without Objects

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English | 6 Apr. 2006 | ISBN: 0199281718 | 222 Pages | PDF | 1 MB

A picture of the world as chiefly one of discrete objects, distributed in space and time, has sometimes seemed compelling. It is however one of two main targets of Henry Laycock`s book; for it is seriously incomplete. With discrete objects, we may always ask how many?`, but with stuff the question has to be how much?` Within philosophy, stuff of certain basic kinds is central to the ancient pre-Socratic world-view; but it also constitutes the field of modern chemistry and is a major factor in ecology.

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