Why Composition Matters

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (8):934-949 (2020)
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Abstract

Many say that ontological disputes are defective because they are unimportant or without substance. In this paper, we defend ontological disputes from the charge, with a special focus on disputes over the existence of composite objects. Disputes over the existence of composite objects, we argue, have a number of substantive implications across a variety of topics in metaphysics, science, philosophical theology, philosophy of mind, and ethics. Since the disputes over the existence of composite objects have these substantive implications, they are themselves substantive.

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Andrew M. Bailey
Yale-NUS College
Andrew Brenner
Hong Kong Baptist University

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