An Argument for the Ontological Innocence of Mereology

Rohan French

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
230 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

In Parts of Classes David Lewis argued that mereology is ‘ontologically innocent’, mereological notions not incurring additional ontological commitments. Unfortunately, though, Lewis’s argument for this is not fully spelled out. Here we use some formal results concerning translations between formal languages to argue for the ontological innocence of mereology directly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-704
Number of pages22
JournalErkenntnis
Volume81
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2015

Cite this