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Nov 17



I'll introduce Decompositional Plenitude, and discuss how it relates to the Problem of the Many, Russell's Paradox, the Problem of Change Over Time, social groups, and liberalism about what kinds of objects can exist. I'll also connect the view with a fusion-first mereology.

This week's required reading:

Unger - The Problem of the Many
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Additional, optional papers:

Uzquiano - A Neglected Resolution of Russell's Paradox of Propositions
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Fairchild - A Paradox of Matter and Form
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Bennett 2011 - Having a Part Twice Over
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Shortly after this meeting, your paper drafts will be due. By November 20th, you should email me a full draft of the paper you will be presenting. I will not provide written feedback on these drafts, but I am happy to meet to discuss them. This draft should be basically complete and clear, but it does not need to be completely polished. It should be a suitable length for a 25 minute presentation (around 12 pages double-spaced. It's okay if it is longer and if there are parts of your draft that you won’t have time to present, but try to not go much beyond 4,000 words).

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