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Segelberg on Unity in Complexity

Chapter in book
Authors Anna-Sofia Maurin
Published in Philosophy and Botany: Essays on Ivar Segelberg / edited by Helge Malmgren, Torgny Nordin and Christer Svennerlind
Pages 36-64
ISBN 9789172350953
Publisher Thales
Place of publication Stockholm
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Pages 36-64
Language en
Keywords Segelberg, complex unity, states of affairs, regress
Subject categories Theoretical philosophy


Complex things are things that consist of other things. Some complex things, such as e.g. sets or sums of things, cannot fail to exist once that which constitutes them exists. Call these things collections. Other things, in fact most everyday things, are however such that their existence is not likewise necessitated by the existence of their constituents. Call these things the complex unities. That there are both collections and complex unities and that these are entities of substantially different kinds is assumed as unproblematic (call this assumption DISTINCTION). The topic for discussion is instead the surprisingly difficult question of what makes the difference between the two.

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