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Analysis stops there. To ask for a bare particular is to impute a more complex ontic structure to objects than they really have, or need. To not require something like masses of matter for the properties of objects to inhere in is to embrace the bundle theorists odd, possibly free-floating compresent properties. Also, unlike meaty substrata theorists like Loux, where objects are their own substrata, we need not suppose that concrete particulars like frogs and stereos are fundamental and basic entities—this seems wrong.

So, the property of having-as-parts the parts that they do are not modes or attributes of anything else, such as a bare particular. This view also naturally combines with explaining our modal intuitions about genuine substances as a kind of mereological combinatorialism from certain bits of stuff, and not as built up out of a Humean mosaic of property distributions. If the ME’ist views things this way, then it seems she has a leg up. The ME’ist can claim that most of our modal intuitions about putative commonsense substances are actually about properties and property entailment, whereas our modal intuitions about primary objects are about bare hunks of stuff in their own right.

But, first, we must take an illustrative detour through an important precedent for this view in the work of Michael Jubien. This will in part be clarified by examining an exchange between him and Ted Sider. We will also see how this ME view of property-inherence, when combined with a Chisholmian combinatorial theory of possibility (I will explain what this is), makes this whole picture more strong than the views of property-inherence and possibility considered separately. The notion of ME as motivated as an alternative to the bundle and bare particular views has also been at work in the work of Michael Jubien, but seemingly goes unnoticed by one interlocutor, Theodore Sider.

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