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Nov 10



In this lecture, we will re-examine the primitives of mereology. I will present arguments for taking the fusion relation as our mereological primitive. (Image artwork by Kumi Yamashita)

This week's required reading:

Fine - Towards a Theory of Part
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Additional, optional papers:

Parsons - The Many Primitives of Mereology
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Kleinschmidt - Fusion First
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Come prepared to discuss your paper proposals during today's class! You do not need a polished presentation, but you should give us a good idea of what you have in mind. Use your time in the way that will most benefit you for beginning to draft the paper. I recommend giving us some kind of handout, even if it a very bare outline or a collection of questions you have in mind. If there's something you're struggling with, like how to organize the paper or what to include, this is an excellent time to brainstorm with the group about that stuff!

Everyone Presents!

Today everyone will present their paper proposals.

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