Scientific Structuralism: On The Identity and Diversity of Objects in a Structure

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Abstract

The identity and diversity of individual objects may be grounded or ungrounded, and intrinsic or contextual. Intrinsic individuation can be grounded in haecceities, or absolute discernibility. Contextual individuation can be grounded in relations, but this is compatible with absolute, relative or weak discernibility. Contextual individuation is compatible with the denial of haecceitism, and this is more harmonious with science. Structuralism implies contextual individuation. In mathematics contextual individuation is in general primitive. In physics contextual individuation may be grounded in relations via weak discernibility.
Translated title of the contributionOn The Identity and Diversity of Objects in a Structure
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23 - 43
Number of pages21
JournalAristotelian Society Supplementary Volume
Volume81
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jun 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • identity
  • individuation
  • discernibility
  • structuralism

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