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I do not think this objection works. 43 Moreover, since I have limited PNE to the macro-level, we may set aside the quantum world for our purposes. Regarding entities such as Boscovich’s point particles, rather than conclude that they are counter examples to PNE, their lack of spatial dimensionality may be taken as a reductio against them. And, indeed, this is how the history of physics ran. g. Berkeley’s, than in a straightforward version of materialism, and like action at a distance, they were rejected.

It should be clear that his employment of micro-based properties entails that they are structural and not sui generis emergent properties. As such, they are exhaustively decomposable into parts, properties and relations at the subvenient level. These micro-physical constituents constitute micro-based properties. So construed, they may have ‘‘new’’ causal powers in the sense of additive sums of constituent powers or due to a new spatial shape resulting from a new arrangement of subvenient entities, but there are no new kinds of causal powers.

There is a debate about whether individual mental states such as pains and thoughts are extended. I cannot enter that debate here. Nevertheless, based on PNE, if it turns out that mental states are not extended, then PNE banishes them and their constituent properties from a naturalist ontology. In this case, PNE counts against any naturalist ontology that quantifies over emergent mental properties. 44 In the category of individual, if we reject an eliminativist strategy, then all wholes ‘‘above’’ the microphysical level are structural, relational entities constituted by the parts, properties and relations at the microphysical level.

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