No time, no wholes: A temporal and causal-oriented approach to the ontology of wholes [Book Review]

Axiomathes 19 (2):193-214 (2009)
Abstract
What distinguishes a whole from an arbitrary sum of elements? I suggest a temporal and causal oriented approach. I defend two connected claims. The former is that existence is, by every means, coextensive with being the cause of a causal process. The latter is that a whole is the cause of a causal process with a joint effect. Thus, a whole is something that takes place in time. The approach endorses an unambiguous version of Restricted Composition that suits most commonsensical intuitions about wholes.
Keywords Causation  Composition  Ontology  Process  Wholes
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