PhilSci Archive

Comparativism with Mixed Relations

Baker, David John (2013) Comparativism with Mixed Relations. [Preprint]

[img]
Preview
Text
MixedRelns.pdf

Download (112kB) | Preview

Abstract

Comparativism--the view that comparative relations like mass ratios are fundamental and intrinsic values of quantities are not--faces a challenge from physics. In its standard form, comparativism predicts indeterminism in physical theories that are ordinarily understood as deterministic. I explore an option for saving comparativism from this objection: the introduction of "mixed" relations that compare values of unlike quantities. Although tenable, this revised version of comparativism lacks some of the theoretical virtues of the standard version.


Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Baker, David Johndjbaker@umich.edu
Keywords: comparativism, absolutism, quantities
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Depositing User: David Baker
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 18:08
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2022 18:08
Item ID: 20814
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Determinism/Indeterminism
Date: 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20814

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item