mereology


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mereology

(ˌmiːrɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
n
(Logic) the formal study of the logical properties of the relation of part and whole
[C20: via French from Greek meros part + -logy]
ˌmereoˈlogical adj
Translations
mereologie
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Mereology of Psychological Phenomena and the Idea That Consciousness Is Something One Does
Amsterdam: Parts and Wholes: Conceptual Part-Whole Relations and Formal Mereology.
22-26) covers issues from the Stoics and late Platonists on issues in mereology (ch.
But these evolutionary origins do not undermine the beliefs of chemists or those doing mereology.
US) now unveils his argument that the problem of universals can be resolved by combining a realism about universals with a mereology that pictures universals as proper parts of things, where the realism and mereological picture in play are those of Scotus.
14) Part of is discussed in Mereology which is theory of parts using whole/part relation as a substitute branch of logic http://plato.
There are different kinds of parts and wholes, and even a subdiscipline of logic called mereology which is the study of parts and wholes (Simon).
Mereology is not synonymous with set theory used in mathematics.
Mereology, the science of whole-part relationships, is fundamental to understanding any system, enabling the identification of functional relationships between entities (e.
Such a nonreductive view appears to face the problem of causal exclusion but mereology does not, since there is nothing irreducible in the part-whole relation.
This move opens room to rethink mereology in various ways, and in particular, to see the mereological structure of a composite as potentially outreaching the individual entities that are its parts.