Against mereological nihilism

Synthese 191 (7):1511-1527 (2014)
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I argue that mereological nihilism fails because it cannot answer the special arrangement question: when is it true that the xs are arranged F-wise? I suggest that the answers given in the literature fail and that the obvious responses that could be made look to undermine the motivations for adopting nihilism in the first place

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Jonathan Tallant
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