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Peter Van Inwagen on Material Beings

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Iceland [email protected]

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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