Disentangling Nature's Joints

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Can the neo-Aristotelian uphold a pluralist substance ontology while taking seriously the recent arguments in favour of monism based on quantum holism and other arguments from quantum mechanics? In this article, Jonathan Schaffer’s priority monism will be the main target. It will be argued that the case from quantum mechanics in favour of priority monism does face some challenges. Moreover, if the neo-Aristotelian is willing to consider alternative ways to understand ‘substance’, there may yet be hope for a pluralist substance ontology. A speculative case for such an ontology will be constructed based on primitive incompatibility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNeo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science
EditorsWilliam Simpson, Robert Koons, Nicholas Teh
ISBN (Electronic)9781315211626
ISBN (Print)9780415792561
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Metaphysics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Neo-Aristotelianism
  • Aristotle


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