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date: 20 August 2019

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Constitution, at first glance, the relation between an item and its components or parts, is a topic-neutral relation of vast generality, applying wherever the notion of complexity gets a foothold. Accordingly, it is a great mistake to restrict prematurely the scope of one's account of constitution to a few categories such as material objects and arbitrary aggregates. For one then runs the risk of misplaced generality, of mistaking idiosyncratic features of a specific category or kind of item for general principles governing the relation of constitution itself.

Keywords: constitution, topic-neutral relation, material objects, arbitrary aggregates, misplaced generality, idiosyncratic features

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