The Problem of the Many

[Revised entry by Brian Weatherson on December 14, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] As anyone who has flown out of a cloud knows, the boundaries of a cloud are a lot less sharp up close
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[Revised entry by Brian Weatherson on December 14, 2014. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] As anyone who has flown out of a cloud knows, the boundaries of a cloud are a lot less sharp up close than they can appear on the ground. Even when it seems clearly true that there is one, sharply bounded, cloud up there, really there are thousands of water droplets that are neither determinately part of the cloud, nor determinately outside it. Consider any object that consists of the core of the cloud, plus an arbitrary selection of these droplets. It will look like a cloud, and...

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