Boundaries are the outermost parts of objects, with a twofold function: dividing objects from their environment and allowing objects to touch each other. The task of this paper is to classify and describe the human dependent boundaries, i.e., the so-called fiat boundaries, on the basis of the seminal work by Smith and Varzi. Roughly, a fiat boundary is a marker of discontinuity between two or more objects which relies on a human function assignment, usually called ‘fiat act’. In what follow I outline the different ways in which human beings make fiat boundaries out of nature. Along the way I shall give evidence that a theory of fiat boundaries can be useful to take up as a starting point for doing metaphysics and for giving an account of the ontology of both the material and the social world. The chief goal is to shed a light on how some objects depend upon human beings: either in a deliberative or non-deliberative way; either a priori or a posteriori; by means of individual or collective act; by modal strength, namely possible and necessary boundaries.
Fiat boundaries: how to fictionally carve nature at its joints / N. Piras. - In: PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRIES. - ISSN 2282-0248. - 8:2(2020), pp. 85-106.
|Titolo:||Fiat boundaries: how to fictionally carve nature at its joints|
PIRAS, NICOLA (Primo) (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||fiat boundary; metaphysics; social ontology; geography|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-FIL/05 - Filosofia e Teoria dei Linguaggi|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.4454/philinq.v8i2.257|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|