Part Structures in Situations: The Semantics of 'Individual' and 'Whole'

Linguistics and Philosophy 28 (5):599 - 641 (2005)
This paper develops the notion of a situated part structure and applies it to the semantics of the modifiers 'whole' and 'individual'. It argues that the ambiguity of 'whole' should be traced to two different conceptions of part structures of objects being at play: one according to which the parts of an objects are just the material parts and another, Aristotelian conception according to which the parts of an object include properties of form.
Keywords part-whole relations  situations  objects under a perspective  distributivity
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