From Hume's Dictum Via Submergence to Composition as Identity or Mereological Nihilism

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 95 (1):336-355 (2014)
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I show that a particular version of Hume's Dictum together with the falsity of Composition as Identity entails an incoherency, so either that version of Hume's Dictum is false or Composition as Identity is true. I conditionally defend the particular version of Hume's Dictum in play, and hence conditionally conclude that Composition as Identity is true. I end by suggesting an alternative way out for a persistent foe of Composition as Identity, namely mereological nihilism.
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