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020 _a9780198749004
082 _a111.82
100 _aCotnoir, A J.
245 _aMereology
260 _bOxford University Press,
_aOxford :
300 _axvi, 405 p. ;
_c24 cm
365 _b80.00
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
520 _aIs a whole something more than the sum of its parts? Are there things composed of the same parts? If you divide an object into parts, and divide those parts into smaller parts, will this process ever come to an end? Can something lose parts or gain new ones without ceasing to be the thing it is? Does any multitude of things (including disparate things such as you, this book, and the tail of a cat) compose a whole of some sort? Questions such as these have occupied us for at least as long as philosophy has existed. They define the field that has come to be known as mereology--the study of all relations of part to whole and of part to part within a whole--and have deep and far-reaching ramifications in metaphysics as well as in logic, the foundations of mathematics, the philosophy of language, the philosophy of science, and beyond. In Mereology, A. J. Cotnoir and Achille C. Varzi have compiled decades of advanced research into a comprehensive, up-to-date, and formally rigorous picture. The early chapters cover the more classical aspects of mereology; the rest of the book deals with variants and extensions. Whether you are an established professional philosopher, an interested student, or a newcomer, inside you will find all the tools you need to join this ever-evolving field of inquiry and theorize about all things mereological.
650 _aMetaphysics
650 _aPhilosophy
650 _aAnaxagoras
650 _aParthood relation
650 _a Atomism
650 _aBoolean algebra
650 _aCantor's theorem
650 _aCoatomism
650 _aDion/theon puzzle
650 _aEmbodiment theory
650 _aFive-dimensionalism
650 _aHylomorphism
650 _aLeibniz's law
650 _aLowenhein-Skolen theorem
650 _aSet-theoretic
650 _aOrdering axioms
650 _aPeince's puzzle
650 _aProper parts principle
650 _aRussell's paradox
650 _aTarski's results
700 _aVarzi, Achille C.
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