Jody Azzouni's aim in this book is to articulate and defend what he calls “object projectivism”—roughly, the view that reality doesn't come “pre-divided” into objects with “built-in” criteria of identity. Where and when one object ends and another begins is not a matter that reality decides; instead, Azzouni believes, these “object boundaries” or “borders” are “projected” onto the world by us. Apart from our projections, he says, reality consists in just features—or better still, feature—spread out over space and time. Azzouni thinks that employing ‘feature’ as if it were a mass term rather than a count noun is preferable, because the latter suggests the legitimacy of questions about where one feature ends and another begins, or about whether the feature found here is one and the same as the feature found over there. In his view, any answers we might offer to such...
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Book Review| April 01 2020
Ontology without Borders
Ontology without Borders.
New York: Oxford University Press,
xxxv + 279 pp.
The Philosophical Review (2020) 129 (2): 309–313.
Andrew Cortens; Ontology without Borders. The Philosophical Review 1 April 2020; 129 (2): 309–313. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00318108-8012871
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