Parts and Places: The Structures of Spatial Representation / Edition 1

Parts and Places: The Structures of Spatial Representation / Edition 1

by Roberto Casati, Achille C. Varzi
     
 

In this book, Casati and Varzi address some of the fundamental issues in the philosophy of spatial representation. Their starting point is an analysis of the interplay of mereology (the study of part-whole relations), topology (the study of spatial continuity and compactness), and the theory of spatial location proper. This leads to a unified framework for spatial… See more details below

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In this book, Casati and Varzi address some of the fundamental issues in the philosophy of spatial representation. Their starting point is an analysis of the interplay of mereology (the study of part-whole relations), topology (the study of spatial continuity and compactness), and the theory of spatial location proper. This leads to a unified framework for spatial representation understood quite broadly as a theory of the representation of spatial entities. The framework is then tested against some classical metaphysical questions: Are parts essential to their wholes? Is spatial co-location a sufficient criterion of identity? What (if anything) distinguishes material objects from events and other spatial entities? The concluding chapters deal with applications to topics as diverse as the logical analysis of movement and the semantics of maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262032667
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/16/1999
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction
2Spatial Entities
3Parthood Structures
4Connection Structures
5Boundaries
6Parts and Counterparts
7Modes of Location
8Empty Places
9Spatial Essentialism
10Events in Space
11Maps
12Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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