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Composition, identity and plural ontology

Synthese 198 (10):9193-9210 (2021)

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  1. Composition as Identity and the Innocence of Mereology.Roberto Loss - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
    According to the thesis known as ‘Composition as Identity’ (‘CAI’), every entity is identical to the parts it fuses. Many authors in the literature acknowledge that, in spite of its controversial character, one attractive virtue of CAI is its apparent ability to give a straightforward account of the innocence of mereology. In this paper I will present a simple argument according to which CAI entails that no composite entity can be said to be ontologically innocent in the relevant sense. After (...)
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  • Composition as Identity, Now with All the Pluralities You Could Want.Jonathan D. Payton - forthcoming - Synthese:1-22.
    According to ‘composition as identity’ (CAI), a composite object is identical to all its parts taken together. Thus, a plurality of composite objects is identical to the plurality of those objects’ parts. This has the consequence that, e.g., the bricks which compose a brick wall are identical to the atoms which compose those bricks, and hence that the plurality of bricks must include each of those atoms. This consequence of CAI is in direct conflict with the standard analysis of plural (...)
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