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Monism : The Priority of theWhole

@inproceedings{Schaffer2009MonismT,
  title={Monism : The Priority of theWhole},
  author={Jonathan Schaffer},
  year={2009}
}
Consider a circle and a pair of its semicircles. Which is prior, the whole or its parts? Are the semicircles dependent abstractions from their whole, or is the circle a derivative construction from its parts? Now in place of the circle consider the entire cosmos (the ultimate concrete whole), and in place of the pair of semicircles consider the myriad particles (the ultimate concrete parts). Which if either is ultimately prior, the one ultimate whole or its many ultimate parts? The monist holds… 

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