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And since hunks of snow are only one of a potential infinity of masses of different kinds of stuff, if we recognize all the snowdiscall sorts of entities as individuals with their distinctive essential properties and conditions of identity, we are faced with a very high order of infinity of individuals, and indeed, as the snowdiscall example shows, an infinity of individuals all occupying the same space at the same time. I believe that it will seem intuitively plausible to most of us that this infinity of snowdiscall-like putative individuals are not thrust on us by the nature of things, regardless of our preferences, interests, or choices.

It is not a thesis about discourse or thought. It a thesis about (much of) what exists. The opposition between R and its antirealist opponents only arises when both parties have agreed that something exists (obtains) in some way or other, with some status or other. The question is as to which way or which status. This also implies that R is not, as such, opposed to views that A Sensible Metaphysical Realism 31 something or other does not exist at all. Someone who denies that there are propositions, or unexemplified properties, or possible worlds, or unobservable objects, or God, or whatever, is not contradicting R, although various proponents of R may also disagree with these claims.

Hutchins (1949) ISBN 0-87462-114-3 15. Method in Metaphysics. Robert J. J. (1950) ISBN 0-87462-115-1 16. Wisdom and Love in St. Thomas Aquinas. Étienne Gilson (1951) ISBN 0-87462-116-X A Sensible Metaphysical Realism 63 17. The Good in Existential Metaphysics. Elizabeth G. Salmon (1952) ISBN 0-87462-117-8 18. St. Thomas and the Object of Geometry. Vincent E. Smith (1953) ISBN 0-87462-118-6 19. Realism And Nominalism Revisted. Henry Veatch (1954) ISBN 0-87462-119-4 20. Imprudence in St. Thomas Aquinas.

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