How Rich is Concrete Reality?

Peter Unger

in All the Power in the World

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195155617
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850563 | DOI:
How Rich is Concrete Reality?

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This chapter considers some clearly distinct basic bodies, as with some spatially separate spherical red particles. It suggests that it is in conceiving such clearly spatial bodies as are so spatially separate that we humans may have our clearest conception as to how it is that, all at the very same time, there may be several distinct concrete individuals and not, say, just a single concretism multiply conceived. The chapter explores concrete reality and substantial dualism, sameness and difference of concrete individuals, conception of nonspatial simultaneous souls, Berkeleian idealism, Cartesian dualism, substantial individuals, the hypothesis of spacelike extension, the deflationary approach, a hypothesized dimension far more like space than time, an analogical conception of nonspatial souls, how nonspatial souls might precede even the initial physical embodiment, whether immaterial souls ever change propensitively, a constitutional view of souls, fusional dualism, the mental problems of the many, and the problem of our unconscious quality.

Keywords: Berkeleian idealism; Cartesian dualism; substantial individuals; spacelike extension; deflationary approach; substantial dualism; spatial bodies; concrete reality; immaterial souls; unconscious quality

Chapter.  42450 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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