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Single Idea 18998

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 8. Parts of Objects / a. Parts of objects]

Full Idea

Most relations obtain only between certain kinds of thing. To learn that x is a part of y, however, tells you nothing about x and y taken individually.

Gist of Idea

Parthood lacks the restriction of kind which most relations have


Stephen Yablo (Aboutness [2014], 03.2)

Book Reference

Yablo,Stephen: 'Aboutness' [Princeton 2014], p.46

A Reaction

Too sweeping. To be a part of crowd you have to be a person. To be part of the sea you have to be wet. It might depend on whether composition is unrestricted.

Related Idea

Idea 12795 Parts must be of the same very general type as the wholes [Laycock]