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Philosophia

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 757-761

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Bennett on Parts Twice Over

  • A. R. J. FisherAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Dalhousie University Email author 

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Abstract

In this paper I outline the main features of Karen Bennett’s (Australasian Journal of Philosophy 1–21, 2011) non-classical mereology, and identify its methodological costs. I argue that Bennett’s mereology cannot account for the composition of structural universals because it cannot explain the mereological difference between isomeric universals, such as being butane and being isobutane. I consider responses, which come at costs to the view.

Keywords

Mereology Parts Isobutane Armstrong Bennett