What Do the Folk Think about Composition and Does it Matter?

In David Rose (ed.), Experimental Metaphysics. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 187-206 (2017)
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Rose and Schaffer (forthcoming) argue that teleological thinking has a substantial influence on folk intuitions about composition. They take this to show (i) that we should not rely on folk intuitions about composition and (ii) that we therefore should not reject theories of composition on the basis of intuitions about composition. We cast doubt on the teleological interpretation of folk judgments about composition; we show how their debunking argument can be resisted, even on the assumption that folk intuitions have a teleological source; and we argue that, even if folk intuitions about composition carry no weight, theories of composition can still be rejected on the basis of the intuitions of metaphysicians.

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Chad Carmichael
Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis
Daniel Z. Korman
University of California, Santa Barbara


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