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 contribution||On The Identity and Diversity of Objects in a Structure|
|Pages (from-to)||23 - 43|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume|
|Early online date||26 Jun 2007|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2007|
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