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The Structure of Spatial Localization

Abstract : What are the relationships between an entity and the space at which it is located? And between a region of space and the events that take place there? What is the metaphysical structure of localization? What its modal status? This paper addresses some of these questions in an attempt to work out at least the main coordinates of the logical structure of localization. Our task is mostly taxonomic. But we also highlight some of the underlying structural features and we single out the interactions between the notion of localization and other notions in nearby areas, such as the notions of necessity and possibility, or of part and whole. We show that in addition to mereology and topology a theory of localization is required in order to account for the basic relations between objects and space. We provide an axiomatization of the relation of localization, and discuss non-standard cases of localization, involving entities different from material objects.
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Roberto Casati, Achille Varzi. The Structure of Spatial Localization. Philosophical Studies, Springer Verlag, 1996, 82, pp.205-239. ⟨ijn_00000097⟩

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