Noûs:23-50 (2017)

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Lee Walters
University of Southampton
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Are a material object, such as a statue, and its constituting matter, the clay, parts of one another? One wouldn't have thought so, and yet a number of philosophers have argued that they are. I review the arguments for this surprising claim showing how they all fail. I then consider two arguments against the view concluding that there are both pre-theoretical and theoretical considerations for denying that the statue and the clay are mutual parts.
Keywords Constitution  Mereology  Material Objects
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12204
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