Construction area (no hard hat required)

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A variety of relations widely invoked by philosophers-composition, constitution, realization, micro-basing, emergence, and many others-are species of what I call 'building relations'. I argue that they are conceptually intertwined, articulate what it takes for a relation to count as a building relation, and argue that-contra appearances-it is an open possibility that these relations are all determinates of a common determinable, or even that there is really only one building relation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-104
Number of pages26
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Composition
  • Constitution
  • Dependence
  • Fundamentality
  • Grounding
  • Supervenience


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