Parts A Study in Ontology

ISBN-10: 0199241465
ISBN-13: 9780199241460
Edition: 2000
Authors: Peter Simons
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Book details

Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/19/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 404
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

The relationship of part to whole is one of the most fundamental there is, yet until now there has been no full-length study of this concept. This book shows that mereology, the formal theory of part and whole, is essential to ontology. Peter Simons surveys and criticizes previous theories, especially the standard extensional view, and proposes a more adequate account which encompasses both temporal and modal considerations in detail. This has far-reaching consequences for our understanding of such classical philosophical concepts as identity, individual, class, substance and accident, matter, form, essence, dependence, and integral whole. It also enables the author to offer new solutions to long-standing problems surrounding these concepts, such as the Ship of Theseus Problem and the issue of mereological essentialism. The author shows by his use of formal techniques that classical philosophical problems are amenable to rigorous treatment, and the book represents a synthesis of issues and methods from the analytical tradition and from the older continental realist tradition of Brentano and the early Husserl.

Introduction
Existensional Part-Whole Theory
Concepts and Principles of Extensional Mereology
Survey of Extensional Mereology
Problems
Occurrents, Classes, and Masses
Mereology of Continuants
Temporary Parts and Intermittent Existence
Superposition, Composition, and Matter
Essence, Dependence, and Integrity
Essential Parts
Ontological Dependence
Integral Wholes
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography
Index

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