Metaphysica 14 (2):211-223 (2013)

Thomas Sattig
University of Tuebingen
The problem of the many poses the task of explaining mereological indeterminacy of ordinary objects in a way that sustains our familiar practice of counting these objects. The aim of this essay is to develop a solution to the problem of the many that is based on an account of mereological indeterminacy as having its source in how ordinary objects are, independently of how we represent them. At the center of the account stands a quasi-hylomorphic ontology of ordinary objects as material objects with multiple individual forms.
Keywords Vagueness  Indeterminacy  Material objects  Problem of the many
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DOI 10.1007/s12133-013-0122-5
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