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Composition as Identity

Aaron J. Cotnoir and Donald L. M. Baxter


Composition is the relation between a whole and its parts—the parts are said to compose the whole; the whole is composed of the parts. But is a whole anything distinct from its parts taken collectively? It is often said that ‘a whole is nothing over and above its parts’; but what might we mean by that? Could it be that a single whole just is its many parts? This collection of essays is the first of its kind to focus on the relationship between composition and identity. These twelve original articles—written by internationally renowned scholars and rising stars in the field—argue for and agains ... More

Keywords: composition, composition as identity, many-one identity, mereology, parthood

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669615
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669615.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron J. Cotnoir, editor
University of St Andrews

Donald L. M. Baxter, editor
University of Connecticut

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Part I Introduction and History

2 On Bits and Pieces in the History of Philosophy

Calvin G. Normore and Deborah J. Brown

Part II Ontological Commitments of CAI

3 Counting and Countenancing

Achille C. Varzi

4 Ontological Innocence

Katherine Hawley

Part III Metaphysical Commitments of CAI

Part IV Logical Commitments of CAI

Part V Indiscernibility and CAI

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