Parts: A Study in Ontology

Oxford University Press (1987)
Although the relationship of part to whole is one of the most fundamental there is, this is the first full-length study of this key concept. Showing that mereology, or the formal theory of part and whole, is essential to ontology, Simons surveys and critiques previous theories--especially the standard extensional view--and proposes a new account that encompasses both temporal and modal considerations. Simons's revised theory not only allows him to offer fresh solutions to long-standing problems, but also has far-reaching consequences for our understanding of a host of classical philosophical concepts.
Keywords Whole and parts (Philosophy
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Call number BD396.S4 2000
ISBN(s) 0199241465   9780199241460  
DOI 10.2307/2185078
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