According to material plenitude, every material object coincides with an abundance of other material objects that differ in the properties they have essentially and accidentally. Although this kind of plenitude is becoming increasingly popular, it isn't clear how to make sense of the view beyond its slogan form. As I argue, it turns out to be extraordinarily difficult to do so: straightforward attempts are either inconsistent or fail to capture the target idea. Making progress requires us to engage in more delicate metaphysics than we might have expected and, along the way, reveals substantive constraints on the material world. In this article, I argue that any attempt to develop a coherent version of plenitude is subject to two under-appreciated challenges, and I develop a version of plenitude (global plenitude) capable of overcoming both.
Research Article| April 01 2019
Maegan Fairchild; The Barest Flutter of the Smallest Leaf: Understanding Material Plenitude. The Philosophical Review 1 April 2019; 128 (2): 143–178. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00318108-7374932
Download citation file: