Synthese 191 (7):1511-1527 (2014)

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Jonathan Tallant
Nottingham University
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I argue that mereological nihilism fails because it cannot answer the special arrangement question: when is it true that the xs are arranged F-wise? I suggest that the answers given in the literature fail and that the obvious responses that could be made look to undermine the motivations for adopting nihilism in the first place
Keywords Mereological nihilism  Composition  Special composition question  SCQ
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-013-0343-8
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