Biological-mereological coincidence

Philosophical Studies 161 (2):309-325 (2012)
This paper presents and defends an account of the coincidence of biological organisms with mereological sums of their material components. That is, an organism and the sum of its material components are distinct material objects existing in the same place at the same time. Instead of relying on historical or modal differences to show how such coincident entities are distinct, this paper argues that there is a class of physiological properties of biological organisms that their coincident mereological sums do not have. The account answers some of the most pressing objections to coincidence, for example the so-called grounding problem , that material coincidence seems to require that coinciding objects have modal differences that do not supervene on any other properties.
Keywords Material coincidence  Leibniz’s Law  Grounding problem  Biological organisms  Mereological sums  Supervenience
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-011-9740-3
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