Composition as Identity Does Not Entail Universalism
McDaniel (Kris)
Source: Erkenntnis (1975-), Vol. 73, No. 1 (July 2010), pp. 97-100
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  1. Composition as Identity is the view that, in some sense, a whole is numerically identical with its parts. Compositional universalism is the view that, whenever there are some things, there is a whole composed of those things.
  2. Despite the claims of many philosophers, these views are logically independent. Here, I will show that composition as identity does not entail compositional universalism.

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