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Plurals and Mereology

Abstract : In linguistics, the dominant approach to the semantics of plurals appeals to mere-ology. However, this approach has received strong criticisms from philosophical logicians who subscribe to an alternative framework based on plural logic. In the first part of the article, we offer a precise characterization of the mereological approach and the semantic background in which the debate can be meaningfully reconstructed. In the second part, we deal with the criticisms and assess their logical, linguistic, and philosophical significance. We identify four main objections and show how each can be addressed. Finally, we compare the strengths and shortcomings of the mereologi-cal approach and plural logic. Our conclusion is that the former remains a viable and well-motivated framework for the analysis of plurals.
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Salvatore Florio, David Nicolas. Plurals and Mereology. Journal of Philosophical Logic, Springer Verlag, 2021, 50 (3), pp.415-445. ⟨10.1007/s10992-020-09570-9⟩. ⟨ijn_02978254v2⟩



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