Studia Logica

, Volume 107, Issue 6, pp 1089–1102 | Cite as

On Tarski’s Axiomatization of Mereology

  • Neil TennantEmail author


It is shown how Tarski’s 1929 axiomatization of mereology secures the reflexivity of the ‘part of’ relation. This is done with a fusion-abstraction principle that is constructively weaker than that of Tarski; and by means of constructive and relevant reasoning throughout. We place a premium on complete formal rigor of proof. Every step of reasoning is an application of a primitive rule; and the natural deductions themselves can be checked effectively for formal correctness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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