By Hilary Lawson

ISBN-10: 0203995791

ISBN-13: 9780203995792

ISBN-10: 0415011388

ISBN-13: 9780415011389

ISBN-10: 0415136504

ISBN-13: 9780415136501

Lawson offers a finished examine the heritage of western inspiration, the evolution of technological know-how and its makes an attempt to supply us with a ''theory of everything'' and an evaluate of the relativist a number of truths.

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The argument provided here does not seek to claim originality in drawing attention to the incoherence of the notion of a thing (although in xliv P RO L O G U E the wake of the development of modern logic many have believed that the traditional problems of the existence of particulars, or things, has been solved)39. 40 However the inconsistency in the notion of a thing has largely either been ignored or thought to have merely mystical consequences. That our everyday notion of a thing, a notion which we employ all the time and which underlies our understanding of the physical world, should be so elusive is a puzzle therefore that many have wished simply to put to one side.

We refine our account of the world by testing our views against reality. We throw out those descriptions that are not accurate, or modify them, so that our account of how things are is continuously improved upon. Something is understood to be true because it accurately reflects the way the world is, and is false because it does not do so. Yet despite this everyday assumption, the Prologue concluded that the world cannot be a thing or consist of things. It cannot be so because when examined closely the notion turns out to be inconsistent.

Rather than assume as a consequence that we can replace our everyday things, material objects, with idealised elementary things, either as logical or material simples, we need to examine in what such an idealised notion might consist. It has been argued that the criterion that a thing should be one thing and not something else does not apply in the case of everyday material objects but could it not apply to ideal simple objects? It is because simples are defined in such a manner that an example cannot be provided, that we can entertain the possibility that such simples have some undefined, and it begins to look undefinable, characteristic that makes them one and the same thing.

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