Building nothing out of something

dc.contributor.advisorSainsbury, R. M. (Richard Mark)en
dc.contributor.advisorKoons, Robert C.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPautz, Adamen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTye, Michaelen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVarzi, Achilleen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberZimmerman, Deanen
dc.creatorWright, Briggs Marvinen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-06T15:56:59Zen
dc.date.available2011-07-06T15:56:59Zen
dc.date.issued2011-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2011en
dc.date.updated2011-07-06T15:57:03Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe notion of absence is pervasive throughout and central to human language and thought. Such thought and talk is often taken quite seriously. Much has been done to motivate treating absences as genuine entities, things as real as the tables and chairs we encounter in everyday life. Unfortunately, not nearly as much attention has been paid to the question of what kinds of things absences could be if indeed there were such things. In this dissertation, I take up the metaphysical question involving the nature of absences, and I also carefully consider the ontological question of whether any kind of case can be made for reifying absences. Along the way, I develop a novel metaphysical account of absences, and examine various considerations from the realms of causation, perception, and truthmaking that putatively support treating absences as bona fide entities.en
dc.description.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3274en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-3274en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectMetaphysicsen
dc.subjectPhilosophy of minden
dc.subjectAbsencesen
dc.subjectCausationen
dc.subjectEntity (Philosophy)en
dc.subjectTruthen
dc.titleBuilding nothing out of somethingen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentPhilosophyen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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