Mereology: A Philosophical Introduction (Hardback)
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Mereology: A Philosophical Introduction (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 29/06/2017
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Parthood and composition are everywhere. The leg of a table is part of the table, the word "Christmas" is part of the sentence "I wish you a merry Christmas", the 13th century is part of the Middle Ages. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg compose Benelux, the body of a deer is composed of a huge number of cells, the Middle Ages are composed of the Early Middle Ages, High Middle Ages, and Late Middle Ages. Is there really a general theory covering every instance of parthood and composition? Is classical mereology this general theory? Are its seemingly counter-intuitive features serious defects? Mereology: A Philosophical Introduction addresses the multifaceted and lively philosophical debates surrounding these questions, and defends the idea that classical mereology is indeed the general and exhaustive theory of parthood and composition in the domain of concrete entities. Several examples of parthood and composition, involving entities of different kinds, are scrutinised in depth. Incidentally, mereology is shown to interact in a surprising way with metaontology. Presenting a well-organized and comprehensive discussion of parthood and related notions, Mereology: A Philosophical Introduction contributes to a better understanding of a subject central to contemporary metaphysics.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472583666
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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The book is carefully and clearly written, and the arguments are presented in a fair and even-handed way ... [It] is certainly suitable for use as a textbook in graduate seminars on the metaphysics of parts and wholes, but it is also accessible enough that it could also be used in upper-division undergraduate metaphysics classes. Philosophers who are curious to see what some of the main issues in the metaphysics of parts and wholes are would also profit from reading this book. * Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
Lando should be congratulated for writing an original, very accessible and thought-provoking book on Classical Extensional Mereology that engages such methodological considerations while always keeping track of the main arguments. * The Philosophical Quarterly *
A fundamental addition to the extant literature on mereology ... I warmly recommend this book ... to a graduate student or philosopher with metaphysical commitments, who wants to deepen his or her understanding of CEM. * Phenomenological Reviews *
This is simply a superb book in metaphysics. It is the first thorough, fully-fledged book-length discussion, development and defense of Mereological Monism, roughly the view that classical extensional mereology is the general, and exhaustive theory of parthood and composition (and cognate notions). Lando offers a clear characterization of what Mereological Monism is and what it is not and suggests a new overall methodology for it. The latter is both highly valuable in itself and pivotal in providing new epistemological arguments to the point that Mereological Monism is a metaphysically desirable thesis that outweighs its costs. He sets forth an impressive defense of its basic tenets and carefully considers potential objections and shortcomings. Both friends and foes of Mereological Monism will have to address the arguments in this book for the foreseeable future. -- Claudio Calosi, Post-doctoral Fellow for Philosophy, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

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