Graduation Year

2017

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Philosophy

Reader 1

James Kreines

Reader 2

Yuval Avnur

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Abstract

What are the ordinary objects we sense? More precisely, how do we characterize the nature of their existence? In this exploration, we consider possible theories about the structure of concrete particulars, engaging with topics including attributes, universals, intrinsic unity, Identity of Indiscernibles, change, and more. Once we understand each theory, we evaluate it. In the end, can we find a suitable theory that coheres with our intuitive understanding of the ‘things’ we take for granted?

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