Persisting macroscopic material objects play a fundamental role in our commonsense understanding of the world around us, and this is central to our appreciation of their status as mind-independent things. I offer a characterization of one central aspect of this explanatory role and elaborate a conception of such objects themselves that I argue is essential to their playing it. I conclude that the objects that play this fundamental explanatory role meet the conception that I elaborate. The material objects that we encounter in perception are evidently independent of our perceptions of them; and, as such, they conform to what I call the Natural Continuants View.
|Title of host publication||In the Light of Experience|
|Subtitle of host publication||Essays on Reasons and Perception|
|Editors||Johan Gersel, Rasmus Thybo Jensen, Morten S. Thanning, Søren Overgaard|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Jun 2018|
- Natural Continuant, Artificial Continuant, Exclusivity, mind-independence, Explanatory Determinacy, Sortalism, Reference Magnetism