Mereological nihilism and the special arrangement question

@article{Brenner2014MereologicalNA,
  title={Mereological nihilism and the special arrangement question},
  author={Andrew Brenner},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2014},
  volume={192},
  pages={1295-1314}
}
Mereological nihilism is the thesis that composite objects—objects with proper parts—do not exist. Nihilists generally paraphrase talk of composite objects F into talk of there being “xs arranged F-wise” (for example, while nihilists deny that there are tables, they concede that there are “xs arranged table-wise”). Recently several philosophers have argued that nihilism is defective insofar as nihilists are either unable to say what they mean by such phrases as “there are xs arranged F-wise… CONTINUE READING

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