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Single Idea 10661

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 5. Composition of an Object]

Full Idea

The thesis known as 'composition is identity' is that identity is mereological composition; a fusion is just the parts counted loosely, but it is strictly a multitude and loosely a single thing.

Gist of Idea

'Composition is identity' says multitudes are the reality, loosely composing single things


Achille Varzi (Mereology [2003], 4.3)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.18

A Reaction

[He cites D.Baxter 1988, in Mind] It is not clear, from this simple statement, what the difference is between multitudes that are parts of a thing, and multitudes that are not. A heavy weight seems to hang on the notion of 'composed of'.