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Raul Saucedo
University of Colorado, Boulder
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This chapter argues that from a particularly weak recombination principle and plausible assumptions about the nature of parthood and location, it follows that it is possible that the mereological structure of the material world and that of space-time fail to correspond to one another in very radical ways. The chapter suggests, moreover, that rejecting the possibility of such failures of correspondence leaves us with a choice of no less unappealing alternatives. It also discusses a few ways in which their possibility is relevant to various important debates in metaphysics.
Keywords metaphysics, mereology, location, modal recombination, material objects, spacetime
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