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Parts: A Study in Ontology

Peter Simons


The relationship of part to whole is one of the most fundamental there is. This book shows that mereology, the formal theory of part and whole, is essential to ontology. This book surveys and criticises 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. The book offers new so ... More

Keywords: part, whole, mereology, ontology, identity, individual, class, substance, essence, dependence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Simons, author
University of Leeds
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