What distinguishes a whole from an arbitrary sum of elements? I suggest a temporal and causal oriented approach. I defend two connected claims. The former is that existence is, by every means, coextensive with being the cause of a causal process. The latter is that a whole is the cause of a causal process with a joint effect. Thus, a whole is something that takes place in time. The approach endorses an unambiguous version of Restricted Composition that suits most commonsensical intuitions about wholes.
|Titolo:||No Time, No Wholes: A Temporal and Causal-Oriented Approach to the Ontology of Wholes|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Nome editore:||Springer Science+Business Media B.V.|
|Citazione:||No Time, No Wholes: A Temporal and Causal-Oriented Approach to the Ontology of Wholes, 2009.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|
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