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Queen's University
 

Colloquium and Other Events  

 

 

 

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE, THE COLLOQUIUM WILL BEGIN AT 4:00 P.M. BEGINNING IN 2014-15

 

DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY

COLLOQUIUM SERIES

 

  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014

 

 

WATSON HALL, ROOM 517 @ 4:00 p.m.

 

Tom McKay (Syracuse University) 

 

Title:  “Stuff and Coincidence”

 

ABSTRACT 

 

       Anyone who admits the existence of composite objects allows a certain kind of coincidence, coincidence of a thing with its parts. I argue here that a similar sort of coincidence, coincidence of a thing with the stuff that constitutes it, should be equally acceptable. Acknowledgement of this is enough to solve the traditional problem of the coincidence of a statue and the clay or bronze it is made of. In support of this, I offer some principles for the persistence of stuff that are general, not relying on the particular features of a kind of stuff in the way that principles for the persistence for a thing would. This provides a non-arbitrary grounding for stuff that is independent of the conditions on the nature and persistence of things the stuff composes. The principles also provide a general basis for responding to other questions about coincident stuff. 

 

EVERYONE WELCOME

 

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