Philosophia

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 757–761

Bennett on Parts Twice Over

Article

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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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