Philosophical Studies

, Volume 133, Issue 1, pp 111-130

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Are shapes intrinsic?

  • Bradford SkowAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Massachusetts Email author 

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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.