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Cody Gilmore
University of California Davis

Mereology is the field of study that (among other things) seeks to formally regiment the logic of the part-whole relation. For example, many mereological theories say that parthood is transitive: if x is a part of y and y is a part of z, then x is a part of z. Formal theories of location go beyond mereology and try to capture the logic of the location relation and its interaction with the part-whole relation. They typically include some version of the Inheritance of Location: if x is a part of y and x is located at r1 and y is located at r2, then r1 is a part of r2. 

In this talk Gilmore will focus on the "neglected little sibling" of the Inheritance of Location, which he dubs Delegation. Whereas Inheritance says that a whole must "go at least as far as any of its parts," Delegation says that a composite whole must "go no farther than its proper parts". After distinguishing weaker and stronger formalizations, Gilmore will discuss three applications of the principle: it rules out unwanted models of the formal theory of location in Parsons; it undermines one main motivation for a "fusion first" mereology given in Kleinschmidt; and it helps repair the invalid argument for "regionalism" in Markosian.

Sponsored by the philosophy department. Free and open to the public.

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