Can mereological sums change their parts?

Journal of Philosophy 103 (12):614-630 (2006)
Many philosophers think not. Many philosophers, in fact, seem to suppose that anyone who raises the question whether mereological sums can change their parts displays thereby a failure to grasp an essential feature of the concept “mereological sum.” It is hard to point to an indisputable example of this in print,[i] but it is a thesis I hear put forward very frequently in conversation (sometimes it is put forward in the form of an incredulous stare after I have said something that implies that mereological sums can change their parts)
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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