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Karen Bennett and Dean W. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.001.0001

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Mereological Harmony 1

Mereological Harmony 1

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(p.199) 7. Mereological Harmony1
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Oxford Studies in Metaphysics
Author(s):

Gabriel Uzquiano

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603039.003.0007

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

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