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    • Abelian mereology 

      Cotnoir, Aaron (2015) - Journal article
      In classical extensional mereology, composition is idempotent: if x is part of y, then the sum of x and y is identical to y. In this paper, I provide a systematic and coherent formal mereology for which idempotence fails. ...
    • Beyond atomism 

      Cotnoir, Aaron (2013-03) - Journal article
      Contemporary metaphysicians have been drawn to a certain attractive picture of the structure of the world. This picture consists in classical mereology, the priority of parts over wholes, and the well-foundedness of ...
    • Inconsistent boundaries 

      Weber, Z.; Cotnoir, A.J. (2014-12) - Journal article
      Mereotopology is a theory of connected parts. The existence of boundaries, as parts of everyday objects, is basic to any such theory; but in classical mereotopology, there is a problem: if boundaries exist, then either ...
    • Is Weak Supplementation analytic? 

      Cotnoir, Aaron (2018-12-27) - Journal article
      Mereological principles are often controversial; perhaps the most stark contrast is between those who claim that Weak Supplementation is analytic—constitutive of our notion of proper parthood—and those who argue that the ...
    • Models for hylomorphism 

      Jacinto, Bruno Miguel; Cotnoir, Aaron (2019-03-11) - Journal article
      In a series of papers (Fine et al., 1982; Fine, Noûs28(2), 137–158; 1994, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 23, 61–74, 1999) Fine develops his hylomorphic theory of embodiments. In this article, we supply a formal semantics ...
    • Natural axioms for classical mereology 

      Cotnoir, Aaron; Varzi, Achille (2019-03) - Journal article
      We present a new axiomatization of classical mereology in which the three components of the theory—ordering, composition, and decomposition principles—are neatly separated. The equivalence of our axiom system with other, ...
    • Parts as counterparts 

      Cotnoir, Aaron (2013-09) - Journal article
      Mereological nihilists are faced with a difficult challenge: explaining ordinary talk about material objects. Popular paraphrase strategies involve plurals, arrangements of particles, or fictions. In this paper, a new ...
    • Universalism and junk 

      Cotnoir, A.J. (2014) - Journal article
      Those who accept the necessity of mereological universalism face what has come to be known as the junk argument due to Bohn [2009], which proceeds from (i) the incompatibility of junk with universalism and (ii) the possibility ...