Philosophical Studies

, Volume 133, Issue 1, pp 111–130

Are shapes intrinsic?


DOI: 10.1007/s11098-006-9009-4

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Skow, B. Philos Stud (2007) 133: 111. doi:10.1007/s11098-006-9009-4


It is widely believed that shapes are intrinsic properties. But this claim is hard to defend. I survey all known theories of shape properties, and argue that each theory is either incompatible with the claim that shapes are intrinsic, or can be shown to be false.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA