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Single Idea 12825

[catalogued under 4. Formal Logic / G. Formal Mereology / 2. Terminology of Mereology]

Full Idea

For two overlapping individuals their 'product' is the individual which is part of both and such that any common part of both is part of it, expressed by 'x y', read as 'the product of x and y'.


Aka 'binary product'

Gist of Idea

Product: the product of two individuals is the sum of all of their overlaps, written 'x y'


Peter Simons (Parts [1987], 1.1.05)

Book Reference

Simons,Peter: 'Parts: a Study in Ontology' [OUP 1987], p.13

A Reaction

That is, the 'product' is the sum of any common parts between two individuals. In set theory all sets intersect at the null set, but mereology usually avoids the 'null individual'.