Chapter

Primitive Substances

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/10.1093/0199244995.003.0007
 Primitive Substances

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Argues that certain fundamental kinds of substance—which might appropriately be called primitive substances—must exist in order to provide the ultimate existential grounding of all concrete existence. Such substances are argued to be distinctive in that their persistence or identity through time must itself be primitive or ungrounded. But it is acknowledged that actually identifying such substances, as opposed to arguing in a general way for the necessity of their existence, is no easy matter.

Keywords: existence; identity; persistence; primitiveness; substance; time

Chapter.  9308 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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