Ordinary Objects and Series‐Style Answers to the Special Composition Question

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (1):69-88 (2013)
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Paul Silva Jr.
University of Cologne
Abstract
The special composition question asks, roughly, under what conditions composition occurs. The common sense view is that composition only occurs among some things and that all and only ‘ordinary objects’ exist. Peter van Inwagen has marshaled a devastating argument against this view. The common sense view appears to commit one to giving what van Inwagen calls a ‘series-style answer’ to the special composition question, but van Inwagen argues that series-style answers are impossible because they are inconsistent with the transitivity of parthood. In what follows I answer this objection in addition to other, less troubling objections raised by van Inwagen.
Keywords transitivity of parthood  ordinary objects  special composition question  mereology  metaphysics
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2012.01445.x
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