Joshua Spencer
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Chris Tillman
University of Manitoba
ABSTRACTThe Necessity of Origins is the thesis that, necessarily, if a material object wholly originates from some particular material, then it could not have wholly originated from any significantly non-overlapping material. Several philosophers have argued for this thesis using as a premise a principle that we call ‘Single Origin Necessity’. However, we argue that Single Origin Necessity is false. So any arguments for The Necessity of Origins that rely on Single Origin Necessity are unsound. We also argue that the Necessity of Origins itself is false. Our arguments rely on a thesis in the ontology of art that we find plausible: Multi-Work Materialism. It is the thesis that works of art that have multiple concrete manifestations are co-located with those manifestations.
Keywords Necessity of Origins  Musical materialism  Single origin necessity  Multi-origin art  Multi-works  Photographs  Sculpture  Music  Ontology
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DOI 10.1080/0020174x.2018.1470567
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