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Single Idea 10665

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 8. Parts of Objects / c. Wholes from parts]

Full Idea

We can employ Leibniz's Law against mereological atomism. Water is wet, but no water molecule is wet. The set of infinite numbers is infinite, but no finite number is infinite. ..But with plural reference the atomist can resist this argument.

Gist of Idea

Leibniz's Law argues against atomism - water is wet, unlike water molecules


Keith Hossack (Plurals and Complexes [2000], 1)

Book Reference

-: 'British Soc for the Philosophy of Science' [-], p.413

A Reaction

The idea of plural reference is to state plural facts without referring to complex things, which is interesting. The general idea is that we have atomism, and then all the relations, unities, identities etc. are in the facts, not in the things. I like it.