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Single Idea 14500

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

Full Idea

A commitment to wholes is a commitment to entities that are numerically distinct from their parts (by Leibniz's Law, they don't share all of their properties - the parts typically exist, but the whole doesn't, prior to its creation).

Gist of Idea

Wholes are entities distinct from their parts, and have different properties


Kathrin Koslicki (The Structure of Objects [2008], 3.1)

Book Reference

Koslicki,Kathrin: 'The Structure of Objects' [OUP 2008], p.45

A Reaction

Presumably in classical mereology no act of 'creation' is needed, since all the parts in the universe already form all the possible wholes into which they might combine, however bizarrely.