Does universalism entail extensionalism?
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Does a commitment to mereological universalism automatically bring along a commitment to the controversial doctrine of mereological extensionalism — the view that objects with the same proper parts are identical? A recent argument suggests the answer is ‘yes’. This paper attempts a systematic response to the argument, considering nearly every available line of reply. It argues that only one approach — the mutual parts view — can yield a viable mereology where universalism does not entail extensionalism.
Cotnoir , A 2016 , ' Does universalism entail extensionalism? ' Noûs , vol 50 , no. 1 , pp. 121-132 . DOI: 10.1111/nous.12063
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cotnoir, A. J. (2014), Does Universalism Entail Extensionalism? Noûs, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nous.12063/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving
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