Can objects gain or lose parts?

94. Can objects gain or lose parts?

 

Essay in metaphysics on the problem of material constitution we are to consider a particular aspect of that problem, the paradox of increase or decrease.
Sources to be used:
Eric Olson, The Paradox of Increase,
The Monist
89 (2006): 390-417
Michael B. Burke, Preserving the Principle of One Object to a Place: A Novel Account of the Relations
Among Objects, Sorts, Sortals, and Persistence Conditions,
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
54:
591-624
Peter van Inwagen, When Are Objects Parts?,
Philosophical Persp ectives I: Metaphysics
, (1987)
Material Constitution. A Reader
, edited by Michael R

 

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