Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (8):934-949 (2020)

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Andrew M. Bailey
Yale-NUS College
Andrew Brenner
Hong Kong Baptist University
Abstract
Many say that ontological disputes are defective because they are unimportant or without substance. In this paper, we defend ontological disputes from the charge, with a special focus on disputes over the existence of composite objects. Disputes over the existence of composite objects, we argue, have a number of substantive implications across a variety of topics in metaphysics, science, philosophical theology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. Since the disputes over the existence of composite objects have these substantive implications, they are themselves substantive.
Keywords composition  mereology  substantivity  metametaphysics  material objects
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DOI 10.1017/can.2020.52
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