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Tung-Ying Wu
Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIP)
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Numerous papers have investigated the transitivity principle of ‘better-than.’ A recent argument appeals to the principle of mereological dominance for transitivity. However, writers have not treated mereological dominance in much detail. This paper sets out to evaluate the generality of mereological dominance and its effectiveness in supporting the transitivity principle. I found that the mereological dominance principle is vulnerable to a counterexample based on Simpson’s Paradox. The thesis concludes that the mereological dominance principle should be revised in certain ways.
Keywords mereological dominance  transitivity  better than  Simpson’s Paradox
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-019-00084-6
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