Mixtures and Mass Terms

Dialectica 75 (1) (2021)
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Abstract

In this article, I show that the semantics one adopts for mass terms constrains the metaphysical claims one can make about mixtures. I first expose why mixtures challenge a singularist approach based on mereological sums. After discussing an alternative, non-singularist approach, I take chemistry into account and explain how it changes our perspective on these issues.

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The logic of mass expressions.David Nicolas - 2018 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

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Things and Their Parts.Kit Fine - 1999 - Midwest Studies in Philosophy 23 (1):61-74.
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