|Source: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 60 (2000): 585–590|
|Paper - Abstract|
In the process of arguing against all theories of extended material objects made up of simples, Dean Zimmerman has recently argued against the compossibility of continuous closed and continuous open material objects. But it is surely undeniable that point-like material objects are possible; plausible principles of recombination and the principle of unrestricted composition then lead to the possibility Zimmerman rejects. Fortunately, Zimmerman’s arguments (inspired by Brentano’s remarks on the concept of contact) can be resisted: what appear to be implausible modal1 consequences of the compossibility of open and closed continuous material objects turn out to be merely the results of a decision to use ‘material object’ in a certain way.
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