Mereology, modality and magic

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (1):117 – 133 (2010)
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Katherine Hawley
University of St. Andrews
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If the property _being a methane molecule_ is a universal, then it is a structural universal: objects instantiate _being a methane molecule_ just in case they have the right sorts of proper parts arranged in the right sort of way. Lewis argued that there can be no satisfactory account of structural universals; in this paper I provide a satisfactory account.
Keywords structural universals  composition
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DOI 10.1080/00048400802587341
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