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KOOKY OBJECTS REVISITED: ARISTOTLE'S ONTOLOGY

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This is an investigation of Aristotle's conception of accidental compounds (or “kooky objects,” as Gareth Matthews has called them)—entities such as the pale man and the musical man. I begin with Matthews's pioneering work into kooky objects, and argue that they are not so far removed from our ordinary thinking as is commonly supposed. I go on to assess their utility in solving some familiar puzzles involving substitutivity in epistemic contexts, and compare the kooky object approach to more modern approaches involving the notion of referential opacity. I conclude by proposing that Aristotle provides an implicit role for kooky objects in such metaphysical contexts as the Categories and Metaphysics.

Keywords: Aristotle; accident; ontology; sameness; substitution

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9973.2008.00521.x

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Box 353350, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, Email: smcohen@u.washington.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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