Philosophy of Science (forthcoming)

Claudio Calosi
Université de Genève
The paper provides the first thorough assessment of a physics-based answer, the so called Bound State Answer, to the Special Composition Question. According to the BSA some material objects compose something iff they are in a common bound state. The reasons to endorse such an answer, in particular motivations coming from empirical adequacy and conservativeness, precision, simplicity and parsimony are critically addressed. I then go on to compare the BSA to other moderate answers to the SCQ and consider whether objections raised against such answers can be raised against the BSA as well. I conclude with a plea for mereological pluralism, in the light of the many different wholes that physics seem to provide.
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