Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Chad Vance

Committee Members

Jonah Goldwater

Christopher Ball


When does composition occur? There are historical accounts that claim there are no composite objects, or that composite objects can consist of any given objects. These views fail to preserve our intuitions and warrant a different understanding of the term “object”. I present a psychological approach wherein observers ascribe objecthood to an arrangement in the form of a secondary quality. This subjective behavior can be traced back to the development of our perceptual capacities in our natural history.

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