Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Mass terms: mass terms are expressions relating to substances in which the same expression may also be applied to parts of the substance, e.g. water, gold, air. A part of a piece of iron is again iron. In contrast, a part of a human being is not a human being.
 
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Mass terms/Simons: are indifferent with respect to division - plural terms/Simons: not indifferentwith respect to division - E.g. piece of gold: not always gold: E.g. neutrons not gold. - E.g. - Part of Gold atoms: always gold because element of a multiplicity: always all atoms as a member of a pack. - Multiplicity: here is a part-of-relation a subset relation.

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-30