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Single Idea 12834

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / G. Formal Mereology / 1. Mereology]

Full Idea

Main criticisms of mereology: we don't mean 'part' as improper; transitivity of 'part' is sometimes not transitive; no guarantee that there are 'sums'; the identity criteria for individuals are false; we are forced into materialistic four-dimensionalism.

Gist of Idea

Criticisms of mereology: parts? transitivity? sums? identity? four-dimensional?


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 3.2)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.105

A Reaction

[Compressed summary; for four-dimensionalism see under 'Identity over Time'] Simons says these are in ascending order of importance.