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Classical Physical Abstraction

Ernest W. Adams
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 38, No. 2, Special Issue on Philosophy of Science (Mar., 1993), pp. 145-167
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20012465
Page Count: 23
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Classical Physical Abstraction
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Abstract

An informal theory is set forth of relations between abstract entities, including colors, physical quantities, times, and places in space, and the concrete things that have them, or are at or in them, based on the assumption that there are close analogies between these relations and relations between abstract sets and the concrete things that are members of them. It is suggested that even standard scientific usage of these abstractions presupposes principles that are analogous to postulates of abstraction, identity, and other fundamental principles of set theory. Also discussed is the significance of important disanalogies between sets and physical abstractions, including especially modal and temporal aspects of physical abstractions, which is related to the problem of the characterizing constancy, of colors, physical attributes, and locations in space.

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