Australasian Journal of Philosophy 88 (1):135-145 (2010)

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David Vander Laan
Westmont College
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Whether certain objects compose a whole at a given time does not seem to depend on anything other than the character of those objects and the relations between them. This observation suggests a far-reaching constraint on theories of composition. One version of the constraint has been explicitly adopted by van Inwagen and rules out his own answer to the composition question. The constraint also rules out the other well-known moderate answers that have so far been proposed
Keywords composition  special composition question  locality  mereology
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DOI 10.1080/00048400902941299
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