Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Bastit, Michel. la Substance: Essai Metaphysique

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Bastit, Michel. la Substance: Essai Metaphysique

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BASTIT, Michel. La substance: Essai metaphysique. Paris: Parole et Silence, 2012. 310 pp. Cloth, 30.00 [euro]--The author, professor of metaphysics at the University of Dijon, France, takes the reader on a voyage through the writings of the philosophers of the last 300 years, reviewing their ideas of what in classical philosophy is called the substance. Insisting on the importance of the study of this concept, he discards the identification of philosophy with history (Hegel) and declares himself disappointed by German and French philosophers who are often shut up in their own particular specialty. So he turns to the authors of the Anglo-Saxon tradition. The right method to study substance is to accept the testimony of the senses, even though they are not totally trustworthy. In chapter two, the author attempts to formulate the elementary intuitions that lead us to the knowledge of substance and its definition. After a somewhat rapid discussion of the reality of the elementary particles, as distinguished in modern physics, Bastit quotes many examples from our daily language which show the reality of substances. The next chapter presents a classical treatment of the accidents, through which we come to know the substances. "What makes a substance to be a substance?" is the theme of the central chapter. Several theories are reviewed such as that of David Hume and that of "tropes" (properties seen as individualized). …

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