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Single Idea 15841

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

Full Idea

Historically, the evolution of mereology was associated with the desire to find alternatives to set theory for those with nomimalist qualms about the commitment to abstract objects like sets.

Gist of Idea

Mereology began as a nominalist revolt against the commitments of set theory


Verity Harte (Plato on Parts and Wholes [2002], 1.2)

Book Reference

Harte,Verity: 'Plato on Parts and Wholes' [OUP 2002], p.14

A Reaction

Goodman, for example. It is interesting to note that the hardline nominalist Quine, pal of Goodman, eventually accepted set theory. It is difficult to account for things by merely naming their parts.