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Bound states and the Special Composition Question

McKenzie, Kerry and Muller, F.A. (2017) Bound states and the Special Composition Question. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The Special Composition Question asks under what conditions a plurality of objects form another, composite object. We propose a condition grounded in our scientific knowledge of physical reality, the essence of which is that objects form a composite object when and only when they are in a bound state – whence our Bound State Proposal. We provide a variety of reasons in favour of a mereological theory that accommodates our Proposal. We consider but reject another proposal, which is quantum-physical in nature: the Entanglement Proposal. We close by responding to Teller’s ‘Suit Objection’.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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McKenzie, Kerrykmckenzie@ucsd.edu
Muller, F.A.f.a.muller@uu.nl
Keywords: Composition, mereology, part-whole relation, naturalised metaphysics.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Depositing User: Miss Kerry McKenzie
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 14:53
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 14:53
Item ID: 13347
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Date: August 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13347

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