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Could Charge and Mass be Universals?

Gilton, Marian (2020) Could Charge and Mass be Universals? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Many issues in metaphysics and philosophy of science concern the status, significance, or theoretical role of properties such as charge and mass. This paper is about the surprising differences in metaphysical character between mass and charge properties. It develops a novel, three-fold analysis of color charge, and it shows that the same analysis for electric charge is degenerate. Additionally, the formalism for mass raises a different set of considerations for its metaphysical status. Since mass, color charge, and electric charge have these differences, metaphysicians and philosophers of science must reevaluate the ways in which they are accustomed to appealing to these properties.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Gilton, Marianmarian.gilton@pitt.edu0000-0002-5468-8918
Keywords: fiber bundles, charge, mass, universals
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Marian J. R. Gilton
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 21:52
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 21:52
Item ID: 19930
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1111/phpr.12681
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Date: March 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19930

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