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The Journal of Philosophy

Volume 114, Issue 9, September 2017

Jeffrey Sanford Russell
Pages 453-470
DOI: 10.5840/jphil2017114931

Composition as Abstraction

The existence of mereological sums can be derived from an abstraction principle in a way analogous to numbers. I draw lessons for the thesis that “composition is innocent” from neo-Fregeanism in the philosophy of mathematics.