On Referring to Gestalts

  • Olav K. Wiegand
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 195)


This paper discusses a fresh approach to formal semantics based on mereology and Gestalt Theory. While Wiegand (2007, Spacial Cognition & Computation, Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum) unfolds the technical details of this new approach, the following paper aims to discuss the philosophical motivation an implications of what I have called mereological semantics. Particular attention will be given to an ongoing debate on the nature of relations.


Internal Relation Central Circle Proper Part External Relation Outer Horizon 
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 I wish to thank Mirja Hartimo for helping me to bring this paper into shape. I am grateful to Dorothea for having communicated her understanding of wholeness to me.


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  • Olav K. Wiegand
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  1. 1.University of MainzMainzGermany

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