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Single Idea 15838

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 8. Parts of Objects / b. Sums of parts]

Full Idea

For my money, the real problem with the term 'sum' is that it is singular.

Gist of Idea

The problem with the term 'sum' is that it is singular


Verity Harte (Plato on Parts and Wholes [2002], 1.1)

Book Reference

Harte,Verity: 'Plato on Parts and Wholes' [OUP 2002], p.11

A Reaction

Her point is that the surface grammar makes you accept a unity here, with no account of what unifies it, or even whether there is a unity. Does classical mereology have a concept (as the rest of us do) of 'disunity'?