Original scientific paper
Temporally Restricted Composition
APA 6th Edition
Steen, M. (2017). Temporally Restricted Composition. Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 17 (51), 431-440. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php/195072
MLA 8th Edition
Steen, Mark. "Temporally Restricted Composition." Croatian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 17, no. 51, 2017, pp. 431-440. https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php/195072. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.
Chicago 17th Edition
Steen, Mark. "Temporally Restricted Composition." Croatian Journal of Philosophy 17, no. 51 (2017): 431-440. https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php/195072
Steen, M. (2017). 'Temporally Restricted Composition', Croatian Journal of Philosophy, 17(51), pp. 431-440. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php/195072 (Accessed 10 December 2023)
Steen M. Temporally Restricted Composition. Croatian Journal of Philosophy [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2023 December 10];17(51):431-440. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php/195072
M. Steen, "Temporally Restricted Composition", Croatian Journal of Philosophy, vol.17, no. 51, pp. 431-440, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php/195072. [Accessed: 10 December 2023]
I develop and defend a novel answer to Peter van Inwagen’s ‘Special Composition Question,’ (SCQ) namely, under what conditions do some things compose and object? My answer is that things will compose an object when and only when they exist simultaneously relative to a reference frame (I call this ‘Temporally Restricted Composition’ or TREC). I then show how this view wards off objections given to ‘Unrestricted Mereology’ (UM). TREC, unlike other theories of Restricted Composition, does not fall prey to worries about vagueness, anthropocentrism, or arbitrariness. TREC also has advantages over all the other answers to the SCQ. TREC is an account an A-theorist anti-Eternalist who wants an unrestricted mereology should accept. I also engage in some conceptual hygiene by showing how UM, as it should be used, should not, in itself, entail or contain a commitment to either Eternalism or Four-Dimensionalism.
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