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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 metaphysical priority. In this short note, I show that this combination of theses entails superatomism, which is a significant strengthening of mereological atomism. This commitment has been missed in the literature due to certain sorts of models of mereology being overlooked. But the entailment is an important one: we must either accept superatomism or reject one (or other) of the most widespread theses of contemporary metaphysics.
Cotnoir , A 2013 , ' Beyond atomism ' Thought: A Journal of Philosophy , vol 2 , no. 1 , pp. 67-72 . DOI: 10.1002/tht3.64
Thought: A Journal of Philosophy
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc and the Northern Institute of Philosophy. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cotnoir, A. J. (2013), Beyond Atomism. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy, 2: 67–72, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/tht3.64. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving
Date of Acceptance: 06/08/2013