A Note on Unrestricted Composition

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Abstract

I discuss a general limitative consequence of the unrestricted mereological composition thesis. The unrestricted composition thesis, which is roughly the assertion that every plurality of objects possesses a fusion or sum, is shown to be in conflict with general existence-conditions for certain categories of mereologically non-composite objects. The conclusion is that the unrestricted composition thesis, which is a maximizing principle about what aggregates exist, places sharp limits on what unaggregated items can exist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-211
Number of pages10
JournalThought
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

Keywords

  • Class
  • Composition
  • Mereology
  • Plurality
  • Qua-object

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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