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Single Idea 3304

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 5. Composition of an Object]

Full Idea

Why suppose these particles packed together constitute a macro-entity (namely, Mt Everest), whereas those, of equal number, scattered around, fail to add up to anything beyond themselves?

Gist of Idea

Why should packed-together particles be a thing (Mt Everest), but not scattered ones?

Source

Josť A. Benardete (Metaphysics: the logical approach [1989], Ch. 2)

Book Reference

Benardete,Josť A.: 'Metaphysics: The Logical Approach' [OUP 1989], p.15