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Entity, but no Identity

Krause, Decio (2007) Entity, but no Identity. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Inspired in Quine's well known slogans “To be is to be the value of a variable” and "No entity without identity", we provide a way of enabling that non-individual entities (as characterized in the text) can also be values of variables of an adequate "regimented" language, once we consider a possible meaning of the background theory Quine reports to ground his view. In doing that, we show that there may exist also entities without identity, and emphasize the importance of paying attention to the metalanguage of scientific theories, for they may be also fundamental in determining the theory's ontological commitment.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: ontological commitment, quantum objects, quantum ontology, non-individuals, quasi-set theory.
    Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Décio Krause
    Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3283
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3283

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