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Single Idea 18434

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

Full Idea

The view of 'priority monism' - that the whole is prior to its parts - is controversial, but has been growing in support

Gist of Idea

That a whole is prior to its parts ('priority monism') is a view gaining in support


Douglas Edwards (Properties [2014], 5.4.4)

Book Reference

Edwards,Douglas: 'Properties' [Polity 2014], p.103

A Reaction

The simple and plausible thought is, I take it, that parts only count as parts when a whole comes into existence, so a whole is needed to generate parts. Thus the whole must be prior to the parts. Fine by me.