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Space and Action

Ross Harrison

in On What There Must Be

Published in print September 1974 | ISBN: 9780198245070
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245070.003.0007
Space and Action

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This chapter considers whether it is an essential feature of any comprehensible world that its objects should be spatially linked with each other and with their perceiver. The chapter aims to demonstrate that it is an essential condition of any world being a comprehensible one that its protagonist is spatially related to at least some of the objects of his judgements. The existence which is unperceived and space are both explored. The most promising feature from which to derive the feature that there must be a spatial relation between the protagonist and the objects of his world is the feature that it must be possible for the objects of his world to exist unperceived by him. The chapter also reviews the consequences of action upon the world. Additionally, the volitions and the further consequences of action are evaluated. A set of laws that satisfies the requirements of a comprehensible world will be a complete set linking any state with any other state and will express exactly the intermediaries that must be traversed between confrontation with any one state and confrontation with any other state. The chapter finally deals with the general model world.

Keywords: space; action; comprehensible world; existence unperceived; protagonist; volitions; laws; general model world

Chapter.  12619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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