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From: Chris Menzel <chris.menzel@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:11:37 -0500
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On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM, Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx> wrote:

On Jul 5, 2012, at 7:03 AM, John F Sowa wrote:
> After the discussions in this thread last week, I browsed through
> some papers by Peter van Inwagen, a philosopher who writes about
> ontology and related topics:
>    http://andrewmbailey.com/pvi/
>    Papers by Peter van Inwagen
> ...
> DL with horses:
>> One and the same horseness recurs; it is multiply located; it is wholly
>> present in both horses, a shared common part whereby the two horses
>> overlap.  Being alike by sharing horsenesss is ‘having something in
>> common’ in an absolutely literal sense.
> A biologist would say that the two horses contain copies of the same
> kind of DNA.  But the DNA is a "concrete particular", not a universal.
> Each horse has its own DNA, and there is no overlap.  Van Inwagen said
> PvI
>> Such talk bewilders me to a degree I find it hard to covey.

I like this man :-)


van Inwagen is in my view the foremost contemporary American metaphysician (although he's a bit less formal than I'd prefer when it comes to ontology). He's really terrific.


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