Synthese 192 (5):1267-1294 (2015)

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A. J. Cotnoir
University of St. Andrews
Zach Weber
University of Otago
Abstract
Mereotopology is a theory of connected parts. The existence of boundaries, as parts of everyday objects, is basic to any such theory; but in classical mereotopology, there is a problem: if boundaries exist, then either distinct entities cannot be in contact, or else space is not topologically connected . In this paper we urge that this problem can be met with a paraconsistent mereotopology, and sketch the details of one such approach. The resulting theory focuses attention on the role of empty parts, in delivering a balanced and bounded metaphysics of naive space
Keywords Mereology  Paraconsistent logic  Spatial representation
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