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Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Steven French and Décio Krause

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199278244
eISBN:
9780191603952
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278245.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Drawing on philosophical accounts of identity and individuality, as well as the histories of both classical and quantum physics, this book explores two alternative metaphysical approaches to quantum ... More


Individuality and Non-Individuality in Quantum Mechanics

Steven French and Décio Krause

in Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199278244
eISBN:
9780191603952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278245.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter discusses the concepts of indistinguishability, individuality, and non-individuality in the quantum context. It is argued that the above view of particles as non-individuals is not a ... More


Introduction

Steven French and Décio Krause

in Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199278244
eISBN:
9780191603952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278245.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This introductory chapter presents an outline of the metaphysics of identity and individuality, which emphasizes the conceptual distinction between individuality and distinguishability. The Principle ... More


Conclusion

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

in Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198712664
eISBN:
9780191781018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712664.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

The results from the previous chapters are put together in this chapter, where it is concluded that the Identity of Indiscernibles is a central but inessential principle of Leibniz’s philosophy.


Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198712664
eISBN:
9780191781018
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712664.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This book is a study of Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles, the principle that rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things. The Identity of Indiscernibles was a central ... More


A Problem for Present-Day Mathematics

Steven French and Décio Krause

in Identity in Physics: A Historical, Philosophical, and Formal Analysis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199278244
eISBN:
9780191603952
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199278245.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter explores Manin’s suggestion that formal axioms for indiscernible objects in physics should be given. Collections of such objects cannot be regarded as sets, since such sets are typically ... More


Substance

Martin Lin

in Being and Reason: An Essay on Spinoza's Metaphysics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
June 2019
ISBN:
9780198834151
eISBN:
9780191879043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834151.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

One of Spinoza’s most surprising claims about substance is that it pertains to the nature of a substance to exist. What does this mean and why does Spinoza’ believe it? This chapter begins by ... More


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