Metaphysical Disputes

Potrč, Matjas (2002) Metaphysical Disputes. In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 187-188.


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Ontological disputes tend to involve your intuitions concerning relations between the statue and the clay, between persons and their bodies, those concerning personal identity and identity through time. Let us suppose for a while that there exists a multiplicity of entities and that the ontologist is dealing with them. There is a chunk of the matter that I observe. It is a body. But the description of the chunk of the matter as a body may perhaps be substituted by another description: there is a person here. Once a person is mentioned, we will tend to be attentive at other things as we were in the former case. We will be observing patterns of bodily behavior, concerning not just its spatio-temporal position, but also patterns involving this body"s acting as a person, with its various deeds and with the dynamics in several dimensions such as physical, inter-personal and aesthetic dimensions that in involves. Now you ask yourself whether the person is identical to her body.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ontological Dispute; Normativity; Phenomenology; Identity; BRentano, F.; Quine W.v.O.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Ontologie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52

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