The problem of free mass: Must properties cluster?

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Properties come in clusters. It seems impossible, for instance, that a mass could float free, unattached to any other property. David Armstrong takes this as a reductio of the bundle theory and an argument for substrata, while Peter Simons and Arda Denkel reply by supplementing the bundle theory with accounts of property interdependencies. I argue against both views. Virtually all plausible ontologies turn out to be committed to the existence of free masses.
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    D. M. Armstrong (1993). A World of States of Affairs. Philosophical Perspectives 7:429-440.
    Arda Denkel (1996). Object and Property. Cambridge University Press.

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