### Pieces of mereology

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/LLP.2005.014

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In this paper we will treat mereology as a theory of some structures that are not axiomatizable in an elementary language (one of the axioms will contain the predicate ‘belong’ (‘∈’) and we will use a variable ranging over the power set of the universe of the structure). A mereological structure is an ordered pair **M** = <*M*,⊑>, where *M* is a non-empty set and ⊑ is a binary relation in *M*, i.e., ⊑ is a subset of *M* × *M*. The relation ⊑ is a relation of being a mereological part (instead of ‘<*x*,*y*> ∈ ⊑’ we will write ‘*x* ⊑ *y*’ which will be read as “*x* is a part of *y*”). We formulate an axiomatization of mereological structures, different from Tarski’s axiomatization as presented in [10] (Tarski simplified Leśniewski’s axiomatization from [6]; cf. Remark 4). We prove that these axiomatizations are equivalent (see Theorem 1). Of course, these axiomatizations are definitionally equivalent to the very first axiomatization of mereology from [5], where the relation of being a proper part ⊏ is a primitive one.

Moreover, we will show that Simons’ “Classical Extensional Mereology” from [9] is essentially weaker than Leśniewski’s mereology (cf. Remark 6).

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