Composition as Identity

Hardcover | August 18, 2014

EditorAaron J. Cotnoir, Donald L. M. Baxter

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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 wemean by that? Could it be that a whole just is its parts?This collection of essays is the first of its kind to focus on the relationship between composition and identity. Twelve original articles - written by internationally renowned scholars and rising stars in the field - argue for and against the controversial doctrine that composition is identity. Aneditor's introduction sets out the formal and philosophical groundwork to bring readers to the forefront of the debate.

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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 wemean by that? Could it be that a whole just is...

Aaron Cotnoir is a Lecturer in the Department of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of St Andrews, member of the Arche Philosophical Research Center, and an Associate Fellow of the Northern Institute of Philosophy. He received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Connecticut in 2010. He works primarily in Metaphysics and P...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199669619

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List of ContributorsPart I: Introduction and history1. A. J. Cotnoir: Composition As Identity: Framing The Debate2. Calvin G. Normore and Deborah J. Brown: On Bits and Pieces in the History of PhilosophyPart II: Ontological commitments of CAI3. Achille C. Varzi: Counting and Countenancing4. Katherine Hawley: Ontological Innocence5. Ross P. Cameron: Parts Generate The Whole, But They Are Not Identical To ItPart III: Metaphysical commitments of CAI6. Meg Wallace: Composition As Identity, Mereological Essentialism, and Modal Parts7. Kris McDaniel: Compositional Pluralism and Composition As Identity8. Einar Duenger Bohn: Unrestricted Composition As IdentityPart IV: Logical commitments of CAI9. Byeong-Uk Yi: Is There A Plural Object?10. Paul Hovda: Logical Considerations On Composition As Identity11. Theodore Sider: Consequences Of CollapsePart V: Indiscernibility and CAI12. Jason Turner: Donald Baxter's Composition As Identity13. Donald L. M. Baxter: Identity, Discernibility, and CompositionIndex