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dc.contributor.authorCotnoir, Aaron
dc.identifier.citationCotnoir , A 2013 , ' Strange parts : the metaphysics of non-classical mereologies ' , Philosophy Compass , vol. 8 , no. 9 , pp. 834-845 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 166208457
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84885592206
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-4528-7570/work/65702602
dc.descriptionDate of Acceptance: 04/04/2013en
dc.description.abstractThe dominant theory of parts and wholes – classical extensional mereology – has faced a number of challenges in the recent literature. This article gives a sampling of some of the alleged counterexamples to some of the more controversial principles involving the connections between parthood and identity. Along the way, some of the main revisionary approaches are reviewed. First, counterexamples to extensionality are reviewed. The ‘supplementation’ axioms that generate extensionality are examined more carefully, and a suggested revision is considered. Second, the paper considers an alternative approach that focuses the blame on antisymmetry but allows us to keep natural supplementation axioms. Third, we look at counterexamples to the idempotency of composition and the associated ‘parts just once’ principle. We explore options for developing weaker mereologies that avoid such commitments.
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dc.rightsThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cotnoir, A. J. (2013), Strange Parts: The Metaphysics of Non-classical Mereologies. Philosophy Compass, 8: 834–845, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archivingen
dc.subjectB Philosophy (General)en
dc.titleStrange parts : the metaphysics of non-classical mereologiesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Philosophyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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