Philosophical Studies

, Volume 141, Issue 3, pp 281–297

Emergent substance



In this paper, I develop an ontological position according to which substances such as you and I have no substantial parts. The claim is not that we are immaterial souls. Nor is the claim that we are “human atoms” co-located with human organisms. It is, rather, that we are macrophysical objects that are, in the relevant sense, simple. I contend that despite initial appearances, this claim is not obviously false, and I defend it by showing how much work it can do.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWake Forest UniversityWinston SalemUSA

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