Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

James Kreines

Reader 2

Yuval Avnur

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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?

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.