Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Jonathan Schaffer, Chair
Phillip Bricker, Member
Lynne Rudder Baker, Member
Composition, Mereology, Ontology, Philosophical Logic
In this work I first develop, motivate, and defend the view that mereological composition, the relation between an object and all its parts collectively, is a relation of identity. I argue that this view implies and hence can explain the logical necessity of classical mereology, the formal study of the part-whole relation. I then critically discuss four contemporary views of the same kind. Finally, I employ my thesis in a recent discussion of whether the world is fundamentally one in number.
Bohn, Einar, "Composition as Identity: a Study in Ontology and Philosophical Logic" (2009). Open Access Dissertations. Paper 92.