Javier-Castellanos

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Welcome to my research website!

My name is Arturo Javier-Castellanos. I am a philosophy PhD student at Syracuse University, and I did my undergraduate work in philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

I am primarily interested in the metaphysics of the material world. My dissertation explores various philosophical issues connected to widespread coincidence, that is, the idea that wherever there is a material object, say a statue, there are actually countless statue-shaped objects.

Here is my CV, here is my academia.edu page, and here are my publications:

(2016) "Duplication and Collapse". Thought: A Journal of Philosophy.
Abstract. Penultimate draft.

Kris McDaniel has argued that strong composition as identity entails a principle he calls the 'Plural Duplication Principle' (PDP), and that PDP is inconsistent with the possibility of strongly emergent properties. Theodore Sider has objected that this possibility is only inconsistent with a closely analogous principle he calls the 'Set Duplication Principle' (SDP). According to Sider, however, the friend of strong composition as identity is under no pressure to accept SDP. In this paper, I argue that the friend of strong composition as identity has strong reason to accept either SDP or a principle that is likewise inconsistent with the possibility of strongly emergent properties. Thus, Sider's objection fails.

(2014) "Some Challenges to a Contrastive Treatment of Grounding". Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 3/3: 184-92.
Abstract. Penultimate draft.

Jonathan Schaffer has offered three alleged counterexamples to the transitivity of grounding. He has then used these cases to motivate his own contrastive account of grounding. In this paper, I argue that this line of argument backfires: if one of Schaffer’s own counterexamples succeeds, there is a similar case that undermines the motivation for Schaffer's own account. The upshot is that Schaffer cannot use the counterexample in question to motivate his account.


Syracuse University. Department of Philosophy.
541 Hall of Languages. Syracuse, NY. 13244-1170.
aajavier [at] syr [dot] edu
917-520-9935