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

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (1):69-88 (2013)
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
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2012.01445.x
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 28,126
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Parts: A Study in Ontology.Peter M. Simons - 1987 - Oxford University Press.
Material Beings.Peter van Inwagen - 1990 - Cornell University Press.
The Structure of Objects.Kathrin Koslicki - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
Ordinary Objects.Amie L. Thomasson - 2007 - Oxford University Press.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Ordinary Objects.Daniel Z. Korman - 2011 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Simples.Ned Markosian - 1998 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 76 (2):213 – 228.
Conceptual Conservatism and Contingent Composition.Josh Parsons - 2013 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 56 (4):327-339.
Borderline Simple or Extremely Simple.Katherine Hawley - 2004 - The Monist 87 (3):385-404.
A Relevance Constraint on Composition.David Vander Laan - 2010 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (1):135-145.
Composition as a Secondary Quality.Uriah Kriegel - 2008 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (3):359-383.
Van Inwagen and the Possibility of Gunk.Theodore Sider - 1993 - Analysis 53 (4):285 - 289.
Composition as Identity Doesn't Settle the Special Composition Question.Ross P. Cameron - 2012 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 84 (3):531-554.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2012-05-29

Total downloads

1,270 ( #430 of 2,171,803 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #56,781 of 2,171,803 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums