Single Idea 10810

[catalogued under 9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 8. Parts of Objects / c. Wholes from parts]

Full Idea

I accept the principle of Unrestricted Composition: whenever there are some things, no matter how many or how unrelated or how disparate in character they may be, they have a mereological fusion. ...The trout-turkey is part fish and part fowl.

Gist of Idea

I say that absolutely any things can have a mereological fusion


David Lewis (Mathematics is Megethology [1993], p.07)

Book Reference

-: 'Philosophia Mathematica' [-], p.7

A Reaction

This nicely ducks the question of when things form natural wholes and when they don't, but I would have thought that that might be one of the central issues of metaphysicals, so I think I'll give Lewis's principle a miss.