On the Mereological Structure of Complex States of Affairs

Synthese 187 (2):403-418 (2012)
The aim of this paper is to elucidate the mereological structure of complex states of affairs without relying on the problematic notion of structural universals. For this task tools from graph theory, lattice theory, and the theory of relational systems are employed. Our starting point is the mereology of similarity structures. Since similarity structures are structured sets, their mereology can be considered as a generalization of the mereology of sets ...
Keywords Structural Mereology  Complex States of Affairs  Similarity Structures  Graphs
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