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Metaphysica

International Journal for Ontology and Metaphysics

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The Largest Proper Parts of a Mereological Whole: A Refutation of Classical Extensional Mereology

1Department of Philosophy, Director of Honors Program, Doane College, 1014 Boswell Ave, Crete, NE 68333, USA

Citation Information: Metaphysica. Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 19–26, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0001, March 2016

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2016-03-31

Abstract

In this essay, I define the notion of the largest proper parts of a mereological whole. I then argue that since there are some entities that have such parts, it follows that classical extensional mereology is false.

Keywords: classical extensional mereology; largest proper parts

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