A first order theory of functional parthood

Journal of Philosophical Logic 36 (3):309 - 337 (2007)
This paper contains a formal theory of functional parthood. Since the relation of functional parthood is defined here by means of the notion of design, the theory of functional parthood turns out to be a theory of design. The formal theory of design I defend here is a result of introducing a number of constraints that are to express the rational aspects of designing practice. The ontological background for the theory is provided by a conception of states of affairs. The theory is accompanied with a formal model. I prove that the theory is sound and complete with respect to this model
Keywords artifact  functional parthood  mereology
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DOI 10.2307/30226892
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