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'Identity' as a mereological term

Smid, Jeroen LU (2017) In Synthese 194(7). p.2367-2385
Abstract
The mereological predicate ‘is part of’ can be used to define the predicate ‘is identical with’. I argue that this entails that mereological theories can be ideologically simpler than nihilistic theories that do not use the notion of parthood—contrary to what has been argued by Ted Sider. Moreover, if one accepts an extensional mereology, there are good philosophical reasons apart from ideological simplicity to give a mereological definition of identity.
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Parthood, Identity, Mereology Nihilism, Ideological simplicity, Theory-choice
in
Synthese
volume
194
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7
pages
2367 - 2385
publisher
Springer
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  • scopus:84959531582
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ISSN
0039-7857
DOI
10.1007/s11229-016-1056-6
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Metaphysics and Collectivity
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English
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