Object-Dependence

Essays in Philosophy 14 (1):33-55 (2013)
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Avram Hiller
Portland State University
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There has been much work on ontological dependence in recent literature. However, relatively little of it has been dedicated to the ways in which individual physical objects may depend on other distinct, non-overlapping objects. This paper gives several examples of such object-dependence and distinguishes between different types of it. The paper also introduces and refines the notion of an n-tet. N-tets (typically) occur when there are object-dependence relations between n objects. I claim that the identity (or, rather, what I call the n-dentity) conditions for n-tets are not grounded in the individual identity conditions of each of the n objects, but instead are metaphysically basic. The paper then briefly discusses some ramifications of accepting object-dependence (and n-tets) on the philosophy of biology, ethics, and logic.
Keywords Grounding  Ontological dependence  Identity  Essence  Kit Fine  Plural logic
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DOI 10.7710/1526-0569.1454
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