Unrestricted composition and restricted quantification

Daniel Z Korman

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Abstract

Many of those who accept the universalist thesis that mereological composition is unrestricted also maintain that the folk typically restrict their quantifiers in such a way as to exclude strange fusions when they say things that appear to conflict with universalism. Despite its prima facie implausibility, there are powerful arguments for universalism. By contrast, there is remarkably little evidence for the thesis that strange fusions are excluded from the ordinary domain of quantification. Furthermore, this reconciliatory strategy seems hopeless when applied to the more fundamental conflict between universalism and the intuitions that tell against it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-334
Number of pages16
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Volume140
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

Keywords

  • Composition
  • Folk
  • Ontologese
  • Ontology
  • Universalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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