'Identity' as a mereological term

Jeroen Smid

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The mereological predicate ‘is part of’ can be used to define the predicate ‘is identical with’. I argue that this entails that mereological theories can be ideologically simpler than nihilistic theories that do not use the notion of parthood—contrary to what has been argued by Ted Sider. Moreover, if one accepts an extensional mereology, there are good philosophical reasons apart from ideological simplicity to give a mereological definition of identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2367-2385
Issue number7
Early online date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Philosophy

Free keywords

  • Parthood
  • Identity
  • Mereology Nihilism
  • Ideological simplicity
  • Theory-choice


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