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Objects and Identity

E. J. Lowe

in The Possibility of Metaphysics

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199244995.003.0002
 Objects and Identity

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Explores the fundamental metaphysical notions of an object and of identity, and the intimate way in which they are related. The central ontological distinction between concrete objects and abstract objects is brought to the fore, and is explained in terms of the distinction between existence in time and timeless existence. The notion of a criterion of identity, introduced by Frege, is explicated and its application is illustrated in the course of a discussion of the nature of cardinal numbers and their use in counting.

Keywords: abstract; concrete; counting; criteria of identity; existence; Frege; identity; numbers; object; time

Chapter.  14208 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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