There is overlap in letters: a mereological definition of word types

Synthese 200 (2):1-17 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Classical mereology seems unable to characterise the identity conditions of word types. For example, the same letter types ordered differently result in different word types; but mereological fusions of the same letters are identical, regardless of the order of the letters. We show, however, that by combining classical mereology with plural logic one can give a definition of word types that satisfies the identity criteria of word types. This means that it is not necessary to abandon classical mereology in order to give an analysis of the mereological structure of word types.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,264

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Almost One, Overlap and Function.C. S. Sutton - 2015 - Analysis 75 (1):45-52.
‘Identity’ as a mereological term.Jeroen Smid - 2017 - Synthese 194 (7):2367-2385.
Mereology and Infinity.Karl-Georg Niebergall - 2016 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 25 (3):309-350.
Pieces of mereology.Andrzej Pietruszczak - 2005 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 14 (2):211-234.
No Simples, No Gunk, No Nothing.Sam Cowling - 2014 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 95 (1):246-260.
The Mereological Foundation of Megethology.Massimiliano Carrara & Enrico Martino - 2016 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 45 (2):227-235.
Mereological Endurantism Defined.Damiano Costa - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy.
Mereological Essentialism and Mereological Inessentialism.Dwayne Moore - 2015 - Croatian Journal of Philosophy 15 (1):67-85.
Balls and All.Daniel Nolan - 2014 - In S. Kleinschmidt (ed.), Mereology and Location. Oxford University Press. pp. 91-116.
Intuitionistic Overlap Structures.Francesco Ciraulo - 2013 - Logic and Logical Philosophy 22 (2):201-212.
Maximality, Function, and the Many.Robert Francescotti - 2019 - Metaphysica 20 (2):175-193.
Mereology and modality.Gabriel Uzquiano - 2014 - In Shieva Kleinschmidt (ed.), Mereology and Location. Oxford University Press. pp. 33-56.


Added to PP

10 (#889,868)

6 months
3 (#225,457)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Massimiliano Carrara
University of Padua
Jeroen Smid
University of Amsterdam

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Parts of Classes.David K. Lewis - 1991 - Mind 100 (3):394-397.
Parts : a Study in Ontology.Peter Simons - 1987 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 2:277-279.
Plural Logic.Alex Oliver & Timothy John Smiley - 2013 - Oxford, England: Oxford University Press UK.

View all 34 references / Add more references