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Object and Property (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) Paperback – September 24, 2007

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521042097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521042093
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,282,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a thorough treatment of some important issues in metaphysics." Jeremy Fantl, Philosophy in Review

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Denkel argues that objects are nothing more than bundles of properties. From this point of view he tackles some central questions of ontology: how is an object distinct from others; how does it remain the same while it changes through time? A second contention is that properties are particular entities restricted to the objects they inhabit. The appearance that they exist generally, in a multitude of things, is due to the way we conceptualize them.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I know it is a disappointing introduction to a review for the reviewer to say that he did not read the work under consideration; although this is the shameful case, I have reasonable excuses for it, like the sheer highness of its price for a student. I have been through other works of Arda Denkel not available in English- he published in Turkish as well, and more important than that, I have been a student of this wonderful person and exquisite teacher, and I know that he was the sort of person one can meet only a few times in one's life. What I want to emphasize is the absolute capacity this man had to bring you upto date in the most complex domains of analytic philosophy, even when your background was limited. So with a degree of extra effort Arda Denkel's works on various specific topics can be used as guides to the respective domains they are dealing with. He was a great expositor and teacher, and he had a gift to make the most complex ideas understandable even to the beginner. So while he surely will be dealing with specific and technical issues in this book, he will make sure to have carried you to the same platform as he is. If I have the opportunity to read the book, I still have other books by Denkel on my reading list even though I plunged into continental philosophy since then, I will update my review. This book should specifically be very relevant to problems like those of particularism and ontological status of universals, and similar central issues of analytic ontology. Arda Denkel had a very sound background in the history of philosophy, he wrote quite extensively on Aristotle and British empricism along other historical epochs, even though he was oblivious to what was going on on the continent, as is the case with most analytic philosophers. If today I wanted to go deeply into analytic stuff I would start with Denkel's writings, few of which are available in English.
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