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Karen Bennett and Dean W. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729242.001.0001

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Multiple constitution

Multiple constitution

(p.216) (p.217) 9. Multiple constitution
Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Volume 9

Nicholas K. Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines a novel solution to the problem of the many (PM), according to which objects can be simultaneously constituted by many collections of particles. To support this proposal, it develops a conception of objects that implies it. On this view, objects are fundamentally subjects of change: the changes an object can survive are explanatorily prior to its constitution. From this perspective, PM arises, and objects are multiply constituted because the changes that objects survive are too coarse-grained to distinguish among the many different collections of particles that are candidates for constituting the relevant object.

Keywords:   change, constitution, objects, problem of the many, particles

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