Peter Van Inwagen on Material Beings

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Abstract:

Peter van Inwagen’s book Material Beings is centered on the special composition question: the question of when some simples constitute a complex object. Van Inwagen’s answer to this question is that simples only constitute a complex object when they constitute an organism. I argue that van Inwagen’s reasoning in favor of this conclusion is unconvincing, and also that the significance of the special composition question itself is doubtful.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9329.00189

Affiliations: University of Iceland mattieklund@hotmail.com

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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