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

Patrick Monaghan
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Published Online: 2016-03-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mp-2016-0001


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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Published Online: 2016-03-31

Published in Print: 2016-04-01

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.

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