The Theoretical Usefulness of Pluralistic Constitution Theory

dc.contributor.authorDavies, Morgan Edwarden
dc.contributor.committeechairTrogdon, Kelly Griffithen
dc.contributor.committeememberKlagge, James C.en
dc.contributor.committeememberParent, Teden
dc.contributor.committeememberPatton, Lydia K.en
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-23T07:00:41Zen
dc.date.available2018-11-23T07:00:41Zen
dc.date.issued2017-05-31en
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I argue that pluralism about material constitution (i.e., holding that the relata of constitution can be non-identical) is a theoretically useful notion. First, I propose a principle whose denial is sufficient and, to my knowledge, necessary for pluralism to be true. Then I formulate three metaphysical antinomies (the problem of material constitution, the problem of change, and the problem of many) in such a way as to reveal that the previous principle is involved in all three. Then I show that the denial of the principle resolves all three of these problems. Finally, I conclude that pluralism is indeed theoretically useful on the basis of the following three points: 1) denying the mentioned principle is sufficient for pluralism to be correct, 2) denying the principle resolves three problems, and 3) by a theoretically useful notion I mean that if it were true it would solve multiple problems.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
dc.format.mediumETDen
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:11340en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/86142en
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectMetaphysicsen
dc.subjectMaterial Constitutionen
dc.titleThe Theoretical Usefulness of Pluralistic Constitution Theoryen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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