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Constitution

Mark Johnston

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234769
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199234769.003.0022

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS IN PHILOSOPHY

 Constitution

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Constitution, at first glance, the relation between an item and its components or parts, is a topic-neutral relation of vast generality, applying wherever the notion of complexity gets a foothold. Accordingly, it is a great mistake to restrict prematurely the scope of one's account of constitution to a few categories such as material objects and arbitrary aggregates. For one then runs the risk of misplaced generality, of mistaking idiosyncratic features of a specific category or kind of item for general principles governing the relation of constitution itself.

Keywords: constitution; topic-neutral relation; material objects; arbitrary aggregates; misplaced generality; idiosyncratic features

Article.  22721 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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