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Mereological Harmony<sup>1</sup>

Gabriel Uzquiano

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603039
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725418 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Metaphysics

Mereological Harmony1

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This chapter takes a close look at the thought that mereological relations on material objects mirror, and are mirrored by, parallel mereological relations on their exact locations. This hypothesis is made more precise by means of a battery of principles from which more substantive consequences are derived. Mereological harmony turns out to entail, for example, that atomistic space is an inhospitable environment for material gunk or that Whiteheadian space is not a hospitable environment for unextended material atoms.

Keywords: mereology; part; proper part; location; weak location; exact location; material object; atomless gunk; space

Chapter.  9794 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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