Synthese 198 (Suppl 18):4609-4626 (2019)

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Evan T. Woods
Ohio State University
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The problem of the many threatens to show that, in general, there are far more ordinary objects than you might have thought. I present and motivate a solution to this problem using many-one identity. According to this solution, the many things that seem to have what it takes to be, say, a cat, are collectively identical to that single cat.
Keywords Many-one identity  Composition-as-identity  The problem of the many
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