Oxford Studies in Metaphysics 8:237–293 (2013)

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Theodore Sider
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Abstract
Mereological nihilism says that there do not exist (in the fundamental sense) any objects with proper parts. A reason to accept it is that we can thereby eliminate 'part' from fundamental ideology. Many purported reasons to reject it - based on common sense, perception, and the possibility of gunk, for example - are weak. A more powerful reason is that composite objects seem needed for spacetime physics; but sets suffice instead.
Keywords parthood  nihilism  ontology  ideology
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