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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

Patrick Monaghan
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  • Department of Philosophy, Director of Honors Program, Doane College, 1014 Boswell Ave, Crete, NE 68333, USA
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Published Online: 2016-03-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0001

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

References

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  • Sider, T. 2013. “Against Parthood.” In Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, edited by K. Bennett and D. W. Zimmerman, volume 8, 237–93. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

  • Simons, P. 1987. Parts: A Study in Ontology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

About the article

Published Online: 2016-03-31

Published in Print: 2016-04-01


Citation Information: Metaphysica, ISSN (Online) 1874-6373, ISSN (Print) 1437-2053, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0001. Export Citation

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