Entities Without Intrinsic Physical Identity

Lam, Vincent (2014) Entities Without Intrinsic Physical Identity. Erkenntnis, 79 5: 1157-1171. doi:10.1007/s10670-014-9601-5

Author Lam, Vincent
Title Entities Without Intrinsic Physical Identity
Journal name Erkenntnis   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0165-0106
Publication date 2014-10
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10670-014-9601-5
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Volume 79
Issue 5
Start page 1157
End page 1171
Total pages 15
Place of publication Dordrecht,The Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper critically discusses recent objections that have been raised against the contextual understanding of fundamental physical objects advocated by non-eliminative ontic structural realism. One of these recent objections claims that such a purely relational understanding of objects cannot account for there being a determinate number of them. A more general objection concerns a well-known circularity threat: relations presuppose the objects they relate and so cannot account for them. A similar circularity objection has also been raised within the framework of the weak discernibility claims made in the last few years about quantum particles. We argue that these objections rely either on mere metaphysical prejudice or on confusing the logico-mathematical formalism within which a physical theory is formulated with the physical theory itself. Furthermore, we defend the motivations for taking numerical diversity as a primitive fact in this context
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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