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dc.contributor.advisorPickel, Bryanen
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Michaelen
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-02T09:35:53Z
dc.date.available2019-07-02T09:35:53Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/35654
dc.description.abstractThis project investigates the ontology and identity of nations. Drawing from the thought experiment “The ship of Theseus” and some recent literatures on group metaphysics, I explore the domain of nations. There are two major enquiries: One, what is a nation? Second, how does a nation maintain its identity over time, despite all the changes it has undergone? I propose a perdurantist (worm theoretical) approach to understanding nations. I argue that a nation is a four-dimensional worm, which has stages as temporal parts. The stages have combinations of the people, the territory and the state as components. Social treatments (e.g. collective intentionality, joint commitment, mental file…etc) are required to bind these stages together.en
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dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectNationen
dc.subjectMetaphysicsen
dc.subjectIdentityen
dc.subjectSocial Ontologyen
dc.subjectPerdurantismen
dc.titleNation: its ontology and identityen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMastersen
dc.type.qualificationnameMSc Master of Scienceen


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