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AuthorMeirav, Ariel. author
TitleWholes, Sums and Unities [electronic resource] / by Ariel Meirav
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2003
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0209-6
Descript VIII, 312 p. online resource

SUMMARY

According to Ariel Meirav, the root of some of our most noteworthy difficulties in the metaphysics of concrete entities has been the traditional tendency to focus on the horizontal dimension of wholes (i.e. relations between the parts of a whole), and to neglect the vertical dimension (i.e. relations between the whole itself and its parts). In Wholes, Sums and Unities, Meirav formulates a critique of widely accepted mereological assumptions, presents a new conception of wholes as Ùnities', and demonstrates the advantages of this new conception in treating a variety of metaphysical puzzles (such as that of Tibbles the cat). More generally he suggests that conceiving wholes as Unities offers us a new way of understanding the world in non-reductive terms


CONTENT

1 โ{128}{148} Introduction -- One: Wholes -- 2 โ{128}{148} Concrete Comprising Entities -- 3 โ{128}{148} Types of Comprising Entities -- 4 โ{128}{148} Theory and Pre-theory of Wholes -- Two: Sums -- 5 โ{128}{148} Classical and Neoclassical Mereology -- 6 โ{128}{148} Traditional Higher-grade Wholes as Sums -- 7 โ{128}{148} Criticism of the Notion of a Neoclassical Sum -- 8 โ{128}{148} Sums, Collections and All the Parts -- Three: Unities -- 9 โ{128}{148} A Theory of Unities -- 10 โ{128}{148} Further Elaborations and Applications


Philosophy Epistemology Metaphysics Ontology Biology -- Philosophy Philosophy of nature Philosophy Ontology Metaphysics Epistemology Philosophy of Nature Philosophy of Biology



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