The Ontology of Material Objects
Olson (Eric)
Source: Philosophical Books, Oct2002, Vol. 43 Issue 4, p292-299, 8p
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    This is a critical study of "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons". Merricks claims that, although the particles we think of as composing such ordinary objects as stones in fact compose nothing, some particles do compose people. This study attempts to summarize Merricks's argument for his claim. It then suggests that the claim leads to epistemic worries, and that the argument for it relies on a questionable principle about causation1.

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