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Wholes, Sums and Unities


Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 1-50
  3. Wholes

    1. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 51-80
    2. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 81-98
    3. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 99-116
  4. Sums

    1. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 117-139
    2. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 141-165
    3. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 189-209
  5. Unities

    1. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 211-251
    2. Ariel Meirav
      Pages 253-291
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-312

About this book


According to Ariel Meirav, the root of some of our most noteworthy difficulties in the metaphysics of concrete entities has been the traditional tendency to focus on the horizontal dimension of wholes (i.e. relations between the parts of a whole), and to neglect the vertical dimension (i.e. relations between the whole itself and its parts). In Wholes, Sums and Unities, Meirav formulates a critique of widely accepted mereological assumptions, presents a new conception of wholes as `Unities', and demonstrates the advantages of this new conception in treating a variety of metaphysical puzzles (such as that of Tibbles the cat). More generally he suggests that conceiving wholes as Unities offers us a new way of understanding the world in non-reductive terms.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of HaifaIsrael

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