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Title: The Mereology of Structural Universals
Contributor(s): Forrest, Peter  (author)
Publication Date: 2016
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.12775/llp.2015.012Open Access Link
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Abstract: This paper explores the mereology of structural universals, using the structural richness of a non-classical mereology without unique fusions. The paper focuses on a problem posed by David Lewis, who using the example of methane, and assuming classical mereology, argues against any purely mereological theory of structural universals. The problem is that being a methane molecule would have to contain being a hydrogen atom four times over, but mereology does not have the concept of the same part occurring several times. This paper takes up the challenge by providing mereological analysis of three operations sufficient for a theory of structural universals: (1) Reflexive binding, i.e. identifying two of the places of a universal; (2) Existential binding, i.e. the language-independent correlate of an existential quantification; and (3) Conjunction.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Logic and Logical Philosophy, 25(3), p. 259-283
Publisher: Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika [Nicolaus Copernicus University]
Place of Publication: Poland
ISSN: 1425-3305
Field of Research (FOR): 220399 Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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