This volume offers a fresh exploration of the parts–whole relations within a power and among powers. While the metaphysics of powers has been extensively examined in the literature, powers have yet to be studied from the perspective of their mereology.

Powers are often assumed to be atomic, and yet what they can do—and what can happen to them—is complex. But if powers are simple, how can they have complex manifestations? Can powers have parts? According to which rules of composition do powers compose into powers? Given the centrality of powers in current scientific as well as philosophical thought, recognizing and understanding the ontological differences between atomic and mereologically complex powers is important, for both philosophy and science. The first part of this book explores how powers divide; the second part, how powers compose. The final part showcases some specific study cases in the domains of quantum mechanics and psychology.

Powers, Parts and Wholes will be of interest to professional philosophers and graduate students working in metaphysics, philosophy of science and logic.

part I|100 pages

Parts of Powers

chapter 1|31 pages

Carving Up the Network of Powers

chapter 2|19 pages

Parts and Grounds of Powers

A Logic and Ground-Theoretic Mereology for Power Ontologies

chapter 3|22 pages

Complex Powers

Making Many One

chapter 4|13 pages

Powers as Mereological Lawmakers

chapter 5|13 pages

Determinable Dispositions

part II|97 pages

Composition of Powers

chapter 6|19 pages

What There Is and What There Could Be

Mereology, Causality, and Possibility in an Ontology of Powers

chapter 7|12 pages

What Can Causal Powers Do for Interventionism?

The Problem of Logically Complex Causes

chapter 8|25 pages

Collective Powers

part III|38 pages

Power Mereology in Science

chapter 12|18 pages

Dispositions, Mereology and Panpsychism

The Case for Phenomenal Properties