Parts Ground the Whole and Are Identical to It

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94 (3):489-498 (2016)
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Abstract

What is the relation between parts taken together and the whole that they compose? The recent literature appears to be dominated by two different answers to this question, which are normally thought of as being incompatible. According to the first, parts taken together are identical to the whole that they compose. According to the second, the whole is grounded in its parts. The aim of this paper is to make some theoretical room for the view according to which parts ground the whole they compose while being, at the same time, identical to it.

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Roberto Loss
Complutense University of Madrid

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