Analysis 75 (1):45-52 (2015)

Catherine Sutton
Virginia Commonwealth University
In David Lewis’s famous ‘Many, but Almost One’, he argues that when objects of the same kind share most of their parts, they can be counted as one. I argue that mereological overlap does not do the trick. A better candidate is overlap in function. Although mereological overlap often goes hand-in-hand with functional overlap, a functional approach is more accurate in cases in which mereology and function are teased apart. A functional approach also solves a version of the problem of the many that Lewis thought was immune to the Almost-One solution
Keywords problem of the many  identity  count  objects  overlap  mereology  David Lewis
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