Causality and the Concept of a 'Thing'
Slote (Michael)
Source: Midwest Studies in Philosophy (Vol IV) - Metaphysics
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    To answer the question what sort of causality1 is involved in the existence of physical "things," we do well to consider the relation between a physical thing and its parts. It is argued that parthood in a physical thing logically requires a very special element of causality2, and this conclusion is used, in addition, to give a causal definition of the notion of a physical thing.

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