David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Quarterly 58 (1):108–133 (2008)
I focus on three mereological principles: the Extensionality of Parthood (EP), the Uniqueness of Composition (UC), and the Extensionality of Composition (EC). These principles are not equivalent. Nonetheless, they are closely related (and often equated) as they all reflect the basic nominalistic dictum, No difference without a difference maker. And each one of them—individually or collectively—has been challenged on philosophical grounds. In the first part I argue that such challenges do not quite threaten EP insofar as they are either self-defeating or unsupported. In the second part I argue that they hardly undermine the tenability of EC and UC as well.
|Keywords||Mereology Extensionality Composition|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Paul Silva Jr (2013). Ordinary Objects and Series-Style Answers to the Special Composition Question. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 94 (1):69-88.
T. Scott Dixon (2016). Grounding and Supplementation. Erkenntnis 81 (2):375-389.
A. J. Cotnoir (2016). Does Universalism Entail Extensionalism? Noûs 50 (1):121-132.
A. J. Cotnoir (2013). Strange Parts: The Metaphysics of Non‐Classical Mereologies. Philosophy Compass 8 (9):834-845.
Jeroen Smid (2015). The Ontological Parsimony of Mereology. Philosophical Studies 172 (12):3253-3271.
Similar books and articles
Katherine Hawley (2004). Borderline Simple or Extremely Simple. The Monist 87 (3):385-404.
Aaron J. Cotnoir (2010). Anti-Symmetry and Non-Extensional Mereology. Philosophical Quarterly 60 (239):396-405.
Kris McDaniel (2010). Parts and Wholes. Philosophy Compass 5 (5):412-425.
Thomas Mormann (2010). Structural Universals as Structural Parts: Toward a General Theory of Parthood and Composition. Axiomathes 20 (2 -3):229 - 253.
Achille C. Varzi (2006). A Note on the Transitivity of Parthood. Applied Ontology 1 (2):141-146.
Pawel Garbacz (2007). A First Order Theory of Functional Parthood. Journal of Philosophical Logic 36 (3):309 - 337.
Matthew H. Slater (2003). Minimalism and Coincidence: Comments on Varzi. Dialectica 57 (3):323–329.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads134 ( #27,028 of 1,792,244 )
Recent downloads (6 months)36 ( #22,711 of 1,792,244 )
How can I increase my downloads?