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

Full Idea

The theory of mereology has had a history of being exploited by nominalists to achieve some of the effects of set theory.

Gist of Idea

Mereology has been exploited by some nominalists to achieve the effects of set theory


Alex Orenstein (W.V. Quine [2002], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Orenstein,Alex: 'W.V. Quine' [Princeton 2002], p.55

A Reaction

Some writers refer to mereology as a 'theory', and others as an area of study. This appears to be an interesting line of investigation. Orenstein says Quine and Goodman showed its limitations.