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Wachter, Daniel von (2000): A World of Fields. In: Faye, J.; Scheffler, U. and Urchs, M. (eds.) : (2000): Things, Facts and Events: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 305-326 [PDF, 140kB]


Trope ontology is exposed and confronted with the question where one trope ends and another begins. It is argued that tropes do not have determinate boundaries, it is arbitrary how tropes are carved up. An ontology, which I call field ontology, is proposed which takes this into account. The material world consists of a certain number of fields, each of which is extended over all of space. It is shown how field ontology can also tackle the problem of determin-able properties and the problem of completeness of things.

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