Philosophical Studies 175 (5):1207-1216 (2018)

Eric Yang
Santa Clara University
Constituent ontologies maintain that the properties of an object are either parts or something very much like parts of that object. Recently, such a view has been criticized as leading to a bizarre and problematic form of substance dualism and implying the existence of impossible objects. After briefly presenting constituent and relational ontologies, I respond to both objections, arguing that constituent ontology does not yield either of these two consequences and so is not shown to be an unacceptable ontological framework.
Keywords ontology  constituent ontology  composition  parthood  dualism
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-017-0903-8
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